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. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?
Question 2. Which of these traditions presents a challenge for Jewish families trying to balance traditional practice with environmental sensitivity?
Shofar on Rosh Hashanah
Matzah on Passover
Bonfires on Lag Ba'Omer
Tzitzit every day
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Rabbinic rabbis warned against spreading bits of what material in public land in order to prevent injury?
Question 6. What is the Jubilee year?
The year during which the Garden of Eden will begin to spread over the Middle East, eventually encompassing Jerusalem and all of biblical Israel
Every fiftieth year during which the Bible mandates that there be no agricultural work; all landed property was to revert to its original owner; and slaves were to be set free
Every fiftieth year when the people were commanded not to waste anything, and to bring all of their food scraps to the capital cities to be given to the poor
Every fiftieth year when trees could not be cut down, and animals were not to be slaughtered
Question 7. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?