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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 of the following Jews was a founder of a discipline of social science?
 Karl Marx
 Sigmund Freud
 Claude Levi-Strauss
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 2. True or false: In traditional Jewish thought, evolution is always rejected.
 True
 False

 

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 instrument was renown Jewish physicist Richard Feynman known for playing?
 Violin
 Cello
 Bongos
 Harp
 Piccolo

 

Question 5. How do Jews respond to the contradiction between the creation story in Genesis and evolutionary theory?
 They reject evolutionary theory
 They reject the Bible
 They strive to integrate the two
 All of the above

 

Question 6. True or false: The rabbis of the Talmud developed intricacies of Jewish law to deal with the phenomenon of intersex people.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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