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?

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Qustion 1. 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

Qustion 2. Which of these statements has been used to explain the prominence of Jews in psychology?

Historical circumstances of oppression, segregation, and confined living conditions often resulted in close-knit Jewish communities that felt pain and knew how to express it Jews tend to choose verbal expression as a way of expressing emotions In Eastern Europe, Jews often held jobs that invited trust A and B only All of these

Qustion 3. Which of these Jewish thinkers was not also a scientist?

Maimonides Gersonides Albert Einstein Martin Buber

Qustion 4. True or false: The rabbis of the Talmud developed intricacies of Jewish law to deal with the phenomenon of intersex people.

True False

Qustion 5. How have Jewish institutions such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee dealt with attempts to introduce Intelligent Design into public schools?

Supported it Opposed it Maintained an official policy of non-involvement

Qustion 6. Which of these medieval scholars engaged in astrological study?

Ibn Ezra Abraham bar Hiyya Moshe Hayyim Luzatto All of the above None of the above

Qustion 7. Where does this statement of wonder at the natural world--"How great are Your works, God, You made them all with wisdom"--come from?

The Palestinian Talmud The apocrypha The Book of Psalms A special prayer for Tu Bishvat

Qustion 8. 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

Qustion 9. What does the term "intelligent design" refer to?

The idea that science knows more about evolution than the Bible The idea that the workings of the universe indicate an intelligent, divine role in creation The fundamental disagreement between intellectuals and religious people None of the above

Qustion 10. 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)
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