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. Where does Jewish environmental education take place?

At home In Hebrew schools and day schools At synagogue All of the above

Qustion 2. True or false: The radical monotheism of biblical Israel led to a desacralized view of nature itself, making it not a realm of gods, but the Creation of God.

True False

Qustion 3. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?

Animals Humans Trees Both a & b

Qustion 4. How often do Jewish farmers in Israel let the land lie fallow?

Whenever agricultural experts suggest the land has been overworked Once a year, for a month Once every seven years, for a year Never

Qustion 5. 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 6. The following quote is attributed to what great Jewish thinker: "It is not only forbidden to destroy fruit-bearing trees but whoever breaks vessels, tears clothes, demolishes a building, stops up a fountain or wastes food, in a destructive way, offends against the law of 'thou shalt not destroy.'"

Maimonides Abraham Joshua Heschel Mordecai Kaplan Joseph Caro

Qustion 7. Which of these traditions presents a challenge for Jewish families trying to balance traditional practice with environmental sensitivity?

Shofar on Rosh Hashanah Matzah on Passover Bonfires on Lag Ba'Omer Tzitzit every day

Qustion 8. What is the Jewish attitude toward natural resources?

Exercise reverential care Preserve so that they will be available for the apocalypse Their destruction is part of God's plan to teach His people a lesson Use them up because God will always provide more

Qustion 9. Which Israelite tribe was not given agricultural land and essentially remained urban?

Reuven Levi Judah Asher

Qustion 10. 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
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