Jewish Business Ethics Quiz


Since the Torah forbade theft, Jews have struggled with how to approach more complicated issues like price regulation, Internet privacy, and globalization. How much do you know about Jewish business ethics?

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Qustion 1. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?

Greed for money Hunger for honor Sexual lust Gluttony All of these

Qustion 2. According to an adage in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers), who is wealthy?

One who always has elegant food for Shabbat One who knows what the future holds One who has the respect of the community One who is happy with his lot

Qustion 3. To what do the rabbis relate the biblical phrase about "placing a stumbling block before the blind"?

Caring for the physically handicapped Contributing to another person's transgression Being considerate with our possessions All of these None of these

Qustion 4. Does the Jewish legal tradition distinguish between fair and unfair competition?

Yes No

Qustion 5. What is one of the most problematic aspects of Jews working in the field of banking?

A Jew is not allowed to charge another Jew interest All the Talmudic laws only refer to Israeli currency In the Middle Ages, Jews were only allowed to do business with other Jews Contemporary banking deals with products as well as raw money

Qustion 6. What does marit ayin refer to?

Breaking a minor law Giving the appearance of wrongdoing Praying for great wealth Stealing food that nobody will miss

Qustion 7. What is the Hebrew term that describes the sale of an item at an excessively high or low price?

Averah (literally, "forbidden") Tamei (literally, "impure") Kesher (literally, "connection") Ona'ah (literally, "oppression")

Qustion 8. In the Talmud, what is robbing a person of even a penny comparable to?

Claiming his or her food for Shabbat Taking his or her life Abducting his or her children Eating out of his or her home pantry

Qustion 9. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?

Yes No
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