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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. True or false: The rabbis of the Talmud developed intricacies of Jewish law to deal with the phenomenon of intersex people.


Question 2. Which instrument was renown Jewish physicist Richard Feynman known for playing?


Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following people is known as the "Zoo Rabbi," committed to understanding the role of science in traditional Jewish sources?
 Rabbi Natan Slifkin
 Rabbi Avi Shafran
 Rabbi A.J. Heschel
 Rabbi Rachel Adler


Question 5. What topics are covered in modern ethnographic studies of the Jewish community?
 The Habad movement
 Memorialization of the Holocaust
 Trends in Jewish practice
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. 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 7. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, evolution is always rejected.