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?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?

Willow trees Palm trees Fruit trees All trees

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. 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 4. What does the Torah require of levitical cities?

The cities had to contain fruit trees The cities had to compost organic waste The cities had to have up-to-date irrigation systems The cities had to be surrounded by pastures

Qustion 5. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?

Recycling Waste disposal Smog Water pollution

Qustion 6. Which of the following contemporary environmental concepts can be found in traditional Jewish sources?

Environmental sustainability Integrity of species Green space integrated into urban design All of the above

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. Contemporary Jewish thinkers have drawn on Jewish texts to address which of these issues?

Biodiversity Sustainable development Genetic Engineering A & B only All of these

Qustion 10. 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
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