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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. 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?
 Excessive waste
 Causing pollution
 Mandated vegetarianism
 Eating local food


Question 2. In what book does the commandment to be fruitful and multiply the earth first appear?


Question 3. What kind of trees does the Torah prohibit cutting down during war?
 Willow trees
 Palm trees
 Fruit trees
 All trees


Question 4. According to the 13th Century Seder Hahinukh, righteous people should grieve when what seed is wasted?


Question 5. 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 6. Which of the following contemporary environmental concepts can be found in traditional Jewish sources?
 Environmental sustainability
 Integrity of species
 Green space integrated into urban design
 All of the above


Question 7. What group created the first Jewish Community-Supported Agriculture program in 2004?