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: 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 2. According to the book of Deuteronomy 11, when humans do good things, what will God provide in return?

Sunshine Spouses Rain and abundance Intelligence

Qustion 3. What is the traditional Jewish theological understanding of humanity’s relationship with the earth?

The heavens are for God and the earth was set aside for humanity, so we can do with it whatever we want God gives careful instructions about what parts of the environment we are free to do with as we wish, and which are to be dedicated to His glory To the extent that the forces of nature can be harnessed, it is the job of humanity to be the stewards of the world, and to act on behalf of God Each person's relationship to the environment is determined by God, and it is each person's responsibility to seek out the appropriate balance

Qustion 4. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?

Mustard Apple Dill Pumpkin

Qustion 5. 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)

Qustion 6. What is the Jubilee year?

The year during which the Garden of Eden will begin to spread over the Middle East, eventually encompassing Jerusalem and all of biblical Israel Every fiftieth year during which the Bible mandates that there be no agricultural work; all landed property was to revert to its original owner; and slaves were to be set free Every fiftieth year when the people were commanded not to waste anything, and to bring all of their food scraps to the capital cities to be given to the poor Every fiftieth year when trees could not be cut down, and animals were not to be slaughtered

Qustion 7. 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 8. True or false: The Book of Job argues that human beings are the center and purpose of creation.

True False

Qustion 9. How many shemitah years occur before there is one yovel year?

1 4 7 15

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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