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 is the traditional Jewish theological understanding of humanity’s relationship with the earth?
The heavens are for God and the earth was set aside for humanity, so we can do with it whatever we want
God gives careful instructions about what parts of the environment we are free to do with as we wish, and which are to be dedicated to His glory
To the extent that the forces of nature can be harnessed, it is the job of humanity to be the stewards of the world, and to act on behalf of God
Each person's relationship to the environment is determined by God, and it is each person's responsibility to seek out the appropriate balance
Question 2. Which Israelite tribe was not given agricultural land and essentially remained urban?
Question 3. The ancient compilation known as Perek Shirah (Chapter of Song), is based on what idea?
Singing is the way to get closest to God
Each animal species sings its own particular hymn to God
Forests are places full of natural songs to God
Bird songs are the most organic prayers
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. According to medieval commentator Don Isaac Abravanel, the Torah emphasizes sustainability through its discussions of which of the following mitzvot?
Shooing a mother bird away when taking her eggs
Not wearing clothing with linen and wool mixed together
Question 7. 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