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 kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
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. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. True or false: Maimonides believed that animals were created solely for the purposes of humans.