Nature & the Environment QuizThe 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. Which of these statements about shehita (the process of kosher slaughtering) is true?
Jewish law wants the butcher to look in the eyes of the animals before he or she kills it
Shehita is generally understood to cause less suffering to the animal than modes of slaughter that do not guarantee immediate death
It is the cleanest and most efficient method of killing an animal
The violence is quick and brutal, which is what is mandated by King David in the Book of Samuel
Question 2. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
Question 3. In what way is Tuv Ha'Aretz, the first Jewish Community-Supported Agriculture program in North America, different from other CSAs?
The produce is grown by Jewish farmers
The money goes to Jewish charities
Members have the opportunity to participate in educational and social activities that connect Jewish tradition with agriculture
Members are required to take part in the mitzvah of leaving the corners of the fields unharvested
Question 4. The following quote is attributed who what great Jewish thinker: "It is not only forbidden to destroy fruit-bearing trees but whoever breaks vessels, tears clothes, demolishes a building, stops up a fountain or wastes food, in a destructive way, offends against the law of 'thou shalt not destroy.'"
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 5. Which of the following contemporary environmental concepts can be found in traditional Jewish sources?
Integrity of species
Green space integrated into urban design
All of the above
Question 6. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
Question 7. According to the book of Deuteronomy 11, when humans do good things, what will God provide in return?
Rain and abundance