Nature & the Environment Quiz


The environment impacts so many aspects of life, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. How much do you know about green issues in Jewish thought and practice?

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Qustion 1. True or false: Maimonides believed that animals were created solely for the purposes of humans.

True False

Qustion 2. According to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, why did the Bible require that levitical cities be surrounded by green space?

So that the citizens had a place to relax and play So that city residents could maintain a connection to agriculture In order to prevent air pollution In order to prevent overcrowding

Qustion 3. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?

Mustard Apple Dill Pumpkin

Qustion 4. What does the Torah mandate the Jewish people do every seven years?

Visit Jerusalem with their choicest produce Offer a sacrifice of grain and wine Allow the land to lie fallow for an entire year Celebrate the creation of the world

Qustion 5. How do many Israelis deal with the challenges of the shemitah (sabbatical) year?

They sell the land of Israel to a gentile They bring in produce from farms in Turkey They eat only canned produce imported from other countries They eat produce without saying a blessing over it

Qustion 6. Which Israelite tribe was not given agricultural land and essentially remained urban?

Reuven Levi Judah Asher

Qustion 7. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?

Animals Humans Trees Both a & b

Qustion 8. How many shemitah years occur before there is one yovel year?

1 4 7 15

Qustion 9. The ancient compilation known as Perek Shirah (Chapter of Song), is based on what idea?

Singing is the way to get closest to God Each animal species sings its own particular hymn to God Forests are places full of natural songs to God Bird songs are the most organic prayers

Qustion 10. Which of these Jewish principles can be used as a guide when dealing with issues of genetic engineering?

Kilayim (mixed kinds) Intermarriage Shabbat Shehita (kosher slaughtering)
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