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. 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 2. Which of these statements about shehita (the process of kosher slaughtering) is true?

Jewish law wants the butcher to look in the eyes of the animals before he or she kills it Shehita is generally understood to cause less suffering to the animal than modes of slaughter that do not guarantee immediate death It is the cleanest and most efficient method of killing an animal The violence is quick and brutal, which is what is mandated by King David in the Book of Samuel

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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 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. True or false: Maimonides believed that animals were created solely for the purposes of humans.

True False

Qustion 7. 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 8. How many shemitah years occur before there is one yovel year?

1 4 7 15

Qustion 9. 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 10. Where in the Bible is the commandment to tend to and till the world?

In Genesis, at the beginning of the Torah In Exodus, when the Israelites are freed from slavery In Deuteronomy, just before the people enter the Land of Israel In Isaiah, when the prophet decries humanity's actions
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