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. Which of the following people does the Torah specifically instruct to protect and provide for?

Women and children Widows and orphans People with physical and mental disabilities The illiterate and the foolish

Qustion 2. What is a gemah?

A library of useful items that people may borrow and then return The ransom one must pay for a captive Jew A catch-all term for those who are needy A parapet built around one's roof to prevent anyone from falling

Qustion 3. "Let not your Shabbat speech be like your daily speech." Where does this statement come from?

The Bible The Talmud Heschel's The Sabbath A practical guide to Shabbat observance from the 19th century

Qustion 4. What is gneivat da'at?

Deceiving another person into thinking that you wish to do more for him than you intend to do Lying in order to make an unpopular person feel better about herself A white lie Insurance fraud

Qustion 5. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?

Yes No

Qustion 6. 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 7. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.

True False

Qustion 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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
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