Science & Judaism QuizThe 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?
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?
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