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

1 4 7 15

Qustion 2. 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 3. In what way is Tuv Ha'Aretz, the first Jewish Community-Supported Agriculture program in North America, different from other CSAs?

The produce is grown by Jewish farmers The money goes to Jewish charities Members have the opportunity to participate in educational and social activities that connect Jewish tradition with agriculture Members are required to take part in the mitzvah of leaving the corners of the fields unharvested

Qustion 4. 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 5. What is the name for the prohibition of unnecessary cruelty to animals?

Tzaar baalei hayim Shatnez Im tirzu ein zo agada Gam zu l'tova

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

Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers

Qustion 10. 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
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