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. 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 2. According to the book of Deuteronomy 11, when humans do good things, what will God provide in return?
Rain and abundance
Question 3. 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 4. How many shemitah years occur before there is one yovel year?
Question 5. Baal tashhit or "do not destroy," is a concept based on the biblical injunction not to destroy fruit-bearing trees. The rabbis extend it to include what else?
Eating local food
Question 6. Saadiah Gaon provided three possible reasons as to why God created animals. Which of these reasons is NOT one of his explanations.
God willed it and it is not for humans to question God's will
God created animals as a backup plan in case humans destroyed the earth
God created animals to help reveal Gods vast wisdom to humans
God created animals for human benefit
Question 7. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?