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 Jewish thinker saw evolutionary theory as support for the Kabbalistic ideas of the unity of life?
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Question 2. 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 3. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, evolution is always rejected.
Question 4. Who was Anna O?
One of the first people to be treated by psychoanalysis
A notable figure in the scene of Berlin's intellectual salons
A patient of Sigmund Freud
All of these
Question 5. 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 6. 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
Question 7. Which of these prominent social scientists was not Jewish?