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 of :

Qustion 1. Which of the following proponents of psychology or psychiatry was not Jewish?

Sigmund Freud Carl Jung Kurt Koffka Kurt Goldstein

Qustion 2. How did the rabbis of the Talmud view science?

As a competing belief that excludes belief in God As an external force which must be ignored or destroyed As a valuable tool in halakhic (legal) decision making As a way to discredit Christianity

Qustion 3. 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 4. 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.

True False

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. 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

Qustion 8. 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 Rashi

Qustion 9. Which famous Jewish patient of Sigmund Freud was known by the pseudonym of "Anna O," and was famous for developing the "talking cure"?

F.M. Herz Bertha Pappenheim Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson Max Wertheimer

Qustion 10. Which of these Jewish thinkers was not also a scientist?

Maimonides Gersonides Albert Einstein Martin Buber
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