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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. 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 2. 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 3. True or false: The Book of Job argues that human beings are the center and purpose of creation.


Question 4. What is the Jewish attitude toward natural resources?
 Exercise reverential care
 Preserve so that they will be available for the apocalypse
 Their destruction is part of God's plan to teach His people a lesson
 Use them up because God will always provide more


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


Question 7. According to Maimonides, meditating on nature is one of the key ways a person can fulfill which commandment?
 To love God with all your heart
 To honor your mother and father
 To love your neighbor like yourself
 To not boil a kid in its mother's milk