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 Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
Both a & b
Question 2. Saadiah Gaon provided three possible reasons as to why God created animals. Which of these reasons is NOT one of his explanations.
God willed it and it is not for humans to question God's will
God created animals as a backup plan in case humans destroyed the earth
God created animals to help reveal Gods vast wisdom to humans
God created animals for human benefit
Question 3. According to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, why did the Bible require that levitical cities be surrounded by green space?
So that the citizens had a place to relax and play
So that city residents could maintain a connection to agriculture
In order to prevent air pollution
In order to prevent overcrowding
Question 4. What is the Jewish attitude toward natural resources?
Exercise reverential care
Preserve so that they will be available for the apocalypse
Their destruction is part of God's plan to teach His people a lesson
Use them up because God will always provide more
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. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?
Question 7. The word "jubilee" comes from the Hebrew word "yovel," meaning what?