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. 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
Question 2. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
Question 3. Which Israelite tribe was not given agricultural land and essentially remained urban?
Question 4. 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
Question 5. Contemporary Jewish thinkers have drawn on Jewish texts to address which of these issues?
A & B only
All of these
Question 6. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
Both a & b
Question 7. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?