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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. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?
 Mustard
 Apple
 Dill
 Pumpkin

 

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?
 Animal bones
 Leftover food
 Clothing
 Broken glass

 

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?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers