Religion & Beliefs

How Jew Are You?

So I took this silly quiz about Judaism, “Do you know your Matzoh from your Moshiach”, and I got a question WRONG!    Guess which one?  Some of the questions were what I expected (I assume this test was mostly designed … Read More

By / May 2, 2007

So I took this silly quiz about Judaism, “Do you know your Matzoh from your Moshiach”, and I got a question WRONG!    Guess which one?  Some of the questions were what I expected (I assume this test was mostly designed so that  non-Jews could prove their multicultural chops).  Moses. Torah. Blah blah blah… 

But some of the questions are pretty odd, and lead me to believe that a Jew was NOT asked to write the quiz.  Like this one:

Q12. What do Jews believe will happen when the Messiah comes? 1. All Jews will be redeemed and will gather in Israel to rebuild the Temple. 2. All the righteous will be raptured into heaven. 3. The universe will end. 4. All of humanity will convert to Judaism.

Is that possible, that Beliefnet didn’t bother to ask a Jew to write the Jewish quiz?  That they got some pre-Seminary Jewish studies major who happened to be interning in their offices to do it? I mean, what’s up, Beliefnet?  Isn’t there some way to think about the world that doesn’t pit Judaism against Christianity?  Isn’t there some way to describe/imagine the mystical future of human existence without turning to Christian ideas and juxtaposing Jewish concepts against them? I don’t mean to get all het up about this. I don’t.  I really like Beliefnet in general, but something about this bugs me.  Because it resembles so much the way Christians tend to see Jews.  As non-Christians.  Passover is not the Jewish Easter.  A bris is not “kinda like a baptism”.    Hrm! Why don’t you go take the quiz and tell me what you think. Am I just completely overreacting?   And who do you think they had in mind when they wrote this quiz?  Who is their target audience?