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. 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
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?
Question 4. Where does Jewish environmental education take place?
In Hebrew schools and day schools
All of the above
Question 5. 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
Question 6. Which of the following was a major ecological concern in talmudic times?
Question 7. What is the traditional Jewish theological understanding of humanity’s relationship with the earth?
The heavens are for God and the earth was set aside for humanity, so we can do with it whatever we want
God gives careful instructions about what parts of the environment we are free to do with as we wish, and which are to be dedicated to His glory
To the extent that the forces of nature can be harnessed, it is the job of humanity to be the stewards of the world, and to act on behalf of God
Each person's relationship to the environment is determined by God, and it is each person's responsibility to seek out the appropriate balance