Nature & the Environment QuizThe 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. The word "jubilee" comes from the Hebrew word "yovel," meaning what?
Question 2. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
Question 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
Question 4. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
Question 5. Which of these Jewish principles can be used as a guide when dealing with issues of genetic engineering?
Kilayim (mixed kinds)
Shehita (kosher slaughtering)
Question 6. Contemporary Jewish thinkers have drawn on Jewish texts to address which of these issues?
A & B only
All of these
Question 7. The following quote is attributed who 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.'"
Abraham Joshua Heschel