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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. What is the Jubilee year?
 The year during which the Garden of Eden will begin to spread over the Middle East, eventually encompassing Jerusalem and all of biblical Israel
 Every fiftieth year during which the Bible mandates that there be no agricultural work; all landed property was to revert to its original owner; and slaves were to be set free
 Every fiftieth year when the people were commanded not to waste anything, and to bring all of their food scraps to the capital cities to be given to the poor
 Every fiftieth year when trees could not be cut down, and animals were not to be slaughtered


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


Question 3. The word "jubilee" comes from the Hebrew word "yovel," meaning what?
 Ram's Horn


Question 4. True or false: The Book of Job argues that human beings are the center and purpose of creation.


Question 5. According to Genesis 1, what did God create on the sixth day?
 Both a & b


Question 6. The following quote is attributed to what great Jewish thinker: "It is not only forbidden to destroy fruit-bearing trees but whoever breaks vessels, tears clothes, demolishes a building, stops up a fountain or wastes food, in a destructive way, offends against the law of 'thou shalt not destroy.'"
 Abraham Joshua Heschel
 Mordecai Kaplan
 Joseph Caro


Question 7. Rabbinic rabbis warned against spreading bits of what material in public land in order to prevent injury?
 Animal bones
 Leftover food
 Broken glass