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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 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 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
 Bertha Pappenheim
 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?
 Sigmund Freud
 Claude Levi-Strauss
 Carl Jung
 Karl Marx