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. 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 2. 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 3. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?

Recycling Waste disposal Smog Water pollution

Qustion 4. Saadiah Gaon provided three possible reasons as to why God created animals. Which of these reasons is NOT one of his explanations.

God willed it and it is not for humans to question God's will God created animals as a backup plan in case humans destroyed the earth God created animals to help reveal Gods vast wisdom to humans God created animals for human benefit

Qustion 5. Where does Jewish environmental education take place?

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

Qustion 6. True or false: The Book of Job argues that human beings are the center and purpose of creation.

True False

Qustion 7. Rabbinic rabbis warned against spreading bits of what material in public land in order to prevent injury?

Animal bones Leftover food Clothing Broken glass

Qustion 8. 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 9. 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 10. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers
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