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Science & Judaism Quiz

The Bible and Talmud saw science and Jewish tradition as pathways to the same divine truth. But still, the two regularly come in conflict. How much do you know about the relationship between science and Judaism?

Question 1. Which Jewish thinker saw evolutionary theory as support for the Kabbalistic ideas of the unity of life?
 Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
 Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
 Rabbi Yohanan


Question 2. What event proved Einstein's Theory of Relativity right?
 A simple act of gravity.
 A solar eclipse.
 Shooting beams of light through a glass prism.
 It has still never been definitively proven.


Question 3. Which of these medieval scholars engaged in astrological study?
 Ibn Ezra
 Abraham bar Hiyya
 Moshe Hayyim Luzatto
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 4. How did the rabbis of the Talmud view science?
 As a competing belief that excludes belief in God
 As an external force which must be ignored or destroyed
 As a valuable tool in halakhic (legal) decision making
 As a way to discredit Christianity


Question 5. True or false: An autopsy was performed in the Talmud to reveal the exact number of joints and limbs in the human body.


Question 6. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, evolution is always rejected.


Question 7. Which instrument was renown Jewish physicist Richard Feynman known for playing?