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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. What did Maimonides believe about astrology?
 That it was fundamentally compatible with Jewish belief.
 That it made no difference to one's own beliefs.
 That learning about it had a corrosive effect on one's Jewish beliefs.
 That it was not Jewish, but had no effect on Judaism.


Question 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers was not also a scientist?
 Albert Einstein
 Martin Buber


Question 3. Which of these Jewish thinkers also developed astronomical models, tables for solar and lunar motion, and a plan for a camera obscura?
 Ibn Ezra


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. Which of these prominent social scientists was not Jewish?
 Sigmund Freud
 Claude Levi-Strauss
 Carl Jung
 Karl Marx


Question 6. In traditional Jewish law, who decides whether a person who is sick should eat on Yom Kippur?
 The person's doctor
 The person's rabbi
 The person him- or herself
 The person must always fast


Question 7. 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