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Nature & the Environment Quiz

The environment impacts so many aspects of life, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. How much do you know about green issues in Jewish thought and practice?

Question 1. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
 Willow trees
 Palm trees
 Fruit trees
 All trees


Question 2. True or false: The radical monotheism of biblical Israel led to a desacralized view of nature itself, making it not a realm of gods, but the Creation of God.


Question 3. Rabbinic rabbis warned against spreading bits of what material in public land in order to prevent injury?
 Animal bones
 Leftover food
 Broken glass


Question 4. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?


Question 5. What does the Torah mandate the Jewish people do every seven years?
 Visit Jerusalem with their choicest produce
 Offer a sacrifice of grain and wine
 Allow the land to lie fallow for an entire year
 Celebrate the creation of the world


Question 6. What does the Torah require of levitical cities?
 The cities had to contain fruit trees
 The cities had to compost organic waste
 The cities had to have up-to-date irrigation systems
 The cities had to be surrounded by pastures


Question 7. True or false: Maimonides believed that animals were created solely for the purposes of humans.