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 name for the prohibition of unnecessary cruelty to animals?
Tzaar baalei hayim
Im tirzu ein zo agada
Gam zu l'tova
Question 2. 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 3. Contemporary Jewish thinkers have drawn on Jewish texts to address which of these issues?
A & B only
All of these
Question 4. 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 5. Rabbinic rabbis warned against spreading bits of what material in public land in order to prevent injury?
Question 6. What does the Torah require of levitical cities?
The cities had to contain fruit trees
The cities had to compost organic waste
The cities had to have up-to-date irrigation systems
The cities had to be surrounded by pastures
Question 7. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
Both a & b