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 traditions presents a challenge for Jewish families trying to balance traditional practice with environmental sensitivity?
Shofar on Rosh Hashanah
Matzah on Passover
Bonfires on Lag Ba'Omer
Tzitzit every day
Question 2. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
Question 3. 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 4. The ancient compilation known as Perek Shirah (Chapter of Song), is based on what idea?
Singing is the way to get closest to God
Each animal species sings its own particular hymn to God
Forests are places full of natural songs to God
Bird songs are the most organic prayers
Question 5. According to the book of Deuteronomy 11, when humans do good things, what will God provide in return?
Rain and abundance
Question 6. Where in the Bible is the commandment to tend to and till the world?
In Genesis, at the beginning of the Torah
In Exodus, when the Israelites are freed from slavery
In Deuteronomy, just before the people enter the Land of Israel
In Isaiah, when the prophet decries humanity's actions
Question 7. According to medieval commentator Don Isaac Abravanel, the Torah emphasizes sustainability through its discussions of which of the following mitzvot?
Shooing a mother bird away when taking her eggs
Not wearing clothing with linen and wool mixed together