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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 instrument was renown Jewish physicist Richard Feynman known for playing?


Question 2. Which of the following proponents of psychology or psychiatry was not Jewish?
 Sigmund Freud
 Carl Jung
 Kurt Koffka
 Kurt Goldstein


Question 3. Some modern kabbalists connect the scientific theory about the exponential expansion of the universe to which mystical concept?
 Tzimtzum (God's withdrawal from the universe)
 Merkavah mysticism (about the Divine chariot)
 Sefirot (mystical attributes of God)
 Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)


Question 4. What did Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook believe about Torah and science?
 The Torah must be subject to the scientific method in order to be believed
 Rather than attempting to read science into Torah, the two should be understood separately
 When there is a conflict between science and Torah, science is always wrong
 Neither science nor Torah is fully true


Question 5. How have Jewish institutions such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee dealt with attempts to introduce Intelligent Design into public schools?
 Supported it
 Opposed it
 Maintained an official policy of non-involvement


Question 6. Which of these statements has been used to explain the prominence of Jews in psychology?
 Historical circumstances of oppression, segregation, and confined living conditions often resulted in close-knit Jewish communities that felt pain and knew how to express it
 Jews tend to choose verbal expression as a way of expressing emotions
 In Eastern Europe, Jews often held jobs that invited trust
 A and B only
 All of these


Question 7. How do Jews respond to the contradiction between the creation story in Genesis and evolutionary theory?
 They reject evolutionary theory
 They reject the Bible
 They strive to integrate the two
 All of the above