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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. 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

 

Question 2. True or false: Maimonides believed that animals were created solely for the purposes of humans.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
 Recycling
 Waste disposal
 Smog
 Water pollution

 

Question 5. According to medieval commentator Don Isaac Abravanel, the Torah emphasizes sustainability through its discussions of which of the following mitzvot?
 Shabbat
 Dietary laws
 Shooing a mother bird away when taking her eggs
 Not wearing clothing with linen and wool mixed together

 

Question 6. 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

 

Question 7. 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