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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. How do many Israelis deal with the challenges of the shemitah (sabbatical) year?
 They sell the land of Israel to a gentile
 They bring in produce from farms in Turkey
 They eat only canned produce imported from other countries
 They eat produce without saying a blessing over it


Question 2. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
 Both a & b


Question 3. Which of these Jewish principles can be used as a guide when dealing with issues of genetic engineering?
 Kilayim (mixed kinds)
 Shehita (kosher slaughtering)


Question 4. 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 5. True or false: The radical monotheism of biblical Israel led to a desacralized view of nature itself, making it not a realm of gods, but the Creation of God.


Question 6. How many shemitah years occur before there is one yovel year?


Question 7. Where does Jewish environmental education take place?
 At home
 In Hebrew schools and day schools
 At synagogue
 All of the above