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

Lashes Imprisonment A fine None of the above

Qustion 2. According to Jewish law, what is slander (motzi shem ra)?

Talking about a person behind his or her back The deliberate dissemination of damaging untruths A very minor sin for which there is no punishment The malicious dissemination of damaging truths

Qustion 3. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.

True False

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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 the above.

Qustion 6. 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 7. The mitzvah of visiting the sick should be performed for what type of people?

Jews who are ill Jews and children who are ill All who are ill Good people who are ill

Qustion 8. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.

True False

Qustion 9. How often is a retailer required to clean out his scale in order to keep it measuring fairly, according to the Mishnah?

Every day Once per week Twice per week After every transaction

Qustion 10. 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
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