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 Midrash, God modeled the mitzvah of bikur holim (visiting the sick) by visiting whom?

Adam Sarah Abraham Rebecca

Qustion 2. 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 3. According to the rabbis of the Talmud, lying to receive future benefits from another person is like what?

Investing money in a bank Planting a seed Idolatry Murder

Qustion 4. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?

Yes No

Qustion 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. Which of the following are governed by the guidelines of derekh eretz?

Common decency Sexuality Sensitivity Making a livelihood All of the above

Qustion 9. 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 10. Which of these is a talmudic legal principle?

"The law of the land is the law" “The law reaches beyond the letter of the law” "From the time you made your first offer, I had resolved in my mind to sell it to you. Therefore I may take no greater amount." All of the above. None of the above.
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