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. 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. 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 4. Which biblical character is said to have set the ideal example for hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests?

Adam Noah Abraham Moses

Qustion 5. According to Jewish law, is smoking marijuana allowed in the United States?

Yes No Yes, but only when medically necessary Yes, but only when permitted by American law

Qustion 6. According to the sage Hillel, which principle contains the entire Torah in it?

Thou shalt not kill What is hateful to yourself do not do to your fellow-man Always act beyond the letter of the law Charity will prevent death

Qustion 7. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?

God Torah The tongue Freedom of speech

Qustion 8. Which of these is a fundamental principle of Jewish business ethics?

"Let the buyer beware" "The law of the land is the law" "If you can't take the heat, keep out of the kitchen" "You break it, you bought it"

Qustion 9. Where does the term tikkun olam, repairing the world, first appear?

The works of Martin Buber The Mishnah Lurianic Kabbalah The Book of Exodus

Qustion 10. 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
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