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