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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 famous Jewish patient of Sigmund Freud was known by the pseudonym of "Anna O," and was famous for developing the "talking cure"?
 F.M. Herz
 Bertha Pappenheim
 Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson
 Max Wertheimer


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


Question 3. Which of these people is known as the "zoo rabbi," and has authored books on science and Torah which were banned?
 David Klinghoffer
 Sharon Brous
 Natan Slifkin
 Ismar Schorsch


Question 4. True or false: Maimonides said that if a rabbi in the Talmud claims something that contradicts a known scientific fact, the Talmud's word must be trusted.


Question 5. 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 6. Which of these Jews believed that religion was the "opium of the masses"?
 Abraham Isaac Kook
 Karl Marx
 Albert Einstein


Question 7. How did Samuel bar Abba, a talmudic sage, calculate and determine the calendar and the dates of holidays many years in advance?
 By observing sunrise and sunset times each day
 Using observations of the new moon
 Through contrasting the length of the day in different latitudes
 By recording weather patterns