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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. 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 2. According to the book of Deuteronomy 11, when humans do good things, what will God provide in return?
 Rain and abundance


Question 3. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?


Question 4. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?


Question 5. True or false: The Book of Job argues that human beings are the center and purpose of creation.


Question 6. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
 Willow trees
 Palm trees
 Fruit trees
 All trees


Question 7. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
 Both a & b