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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 Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook believe about Torah and science?
 The Torah must be subject to the scientific method in order to be believed
 Rather than attempting to read science into Torah, the two should be understood separately
 When there is a conflict between science and Torah, science is always wrong
 Neither science nor Torah is fully true


Question 2. Some modern kabbalists connect the scientific theory about the exponential expansion of the universe to which mystical concept?
 Tzimtzum (God's withdrawal from the universe)
 Merkavah mysticism (about the Divine chariot)
 Sefirot (mystical attributes of God)
 Tikkun Olam (repair of the world)


Question 3. Which of these talmudic theories is supported by modern science?
 Babies born in the eighth month cannot survive
 Lice do not reproduce sexually
 The human body has 248 joints and limbs
 All of these
 None of these


Question 4. Which of these was Maimonides influenced by?
 Non-religious scientific discoveries
 Muslim philosophy
 The philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 5. Who first applied the anthropological study of folklore to the Jewish Bible?
 Franz Boas
 Sigmund Freud
 James George Frazer
 Ruth Krulfeld
 Emile Durkheim


Question 6. 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 7. True or False: Carl Jung was Jewish.