Jewish Ethics Quiz


Judaism has a lot to say about ethics. How can we be responsible businesspeople? What constitutes talking about someone (and is it ever good to)? How can we be mentsches — and what is a mentsch, anyway?

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Qustion 1. What was the first step that rabbis took toward establishing a copyright law?

They forbade competitors from republishing books without the consent of the author and the publisher They established the custom of introductions written by renowned rabbis They created the first "hekhsher," a seal of approval from a rabbinical board They instituted a directory of all works in print at the time

Qustion 2. When is it permitted to pass on negative comments?

When you hear that someone is a bad businessperson and you know that it's true When you hear that someone is not welcoming to strangers When a friend is accused of putting a stumbling block before a blind person When a friend who you know is honest is accused of being dishonest, and you want to warn him

Qustion 3. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?

God Torah The tongue Freedom of speech

Qustion 4. According to the Torah, what major event was accomplished by speech?

The creation of the world The splitting of the sea The miracle of the manna The destruction of Jericho

Qustion 5. True or false: According to the Shulhan Arukh, one should comfort both Jewish and non-Jewish mourners.

True False

Qustion 6. Which of the following is a case where it is permissible to lie according to Jewish law?

Telling a bride she is beautiful, even if she is not Telling a host you had a good time, even if you did not Telling your dentist that you flossed every day Telling a child that the tooth fairy is real

Qustion 7. Why is gossip, or rekhilut, prohibited?

Because it would look bad if Jews were caught gossiping Because it can hurt people emotionally and materially, even if it seems innocent Because it's not productive Because it can cause you to become a leper (metzorah)

Qustion 8. According to the Talmud, what is the punishment for slander?

Lashes Imprisonment A fine None of the above

Qustion 9. According to Jewish law, when can vows be nullified?

When they are broken On Purim at the end of the Fast of Esther On Passover at the seder On Yom Kippur at Kol Nidre

Qustion 10. According to Maimonides, to whom is a Jew forbidden to sell weapons of war?

Women Heathens Non-Jews All of the above. None of the above.
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