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. Which of these Jews believed that religion was the "opium of the masses"?

Abraham Isaac Kook Karl Marx Gersonides Albert Einstein

Qustion 2. In which region did medieval Jews not embrace the study of natural sciences and philosophy?

Eastern Europe and Russia Northern France and Germany Spain and Portugal All of the above None of the above

Qustion 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

Qustion 4. Which of the following people is known as the "Zoo Rabbi," committed to understanding the role of science in traditional Jewish sources?

Rabbi Natan Slifkin Rabbi Avi Shafran Rabbi A.J. Heschel Rabbi Rachel Adler

Qustion 5. True or false: The rabbis of the Talmud developed intricacies of Jewish law to deal with the phenomenon of intersex people.

True False

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. 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

Qustion 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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
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