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

True False

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. 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.

Qustion 4. 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 5. The mitzvah of tzedakah includes which of the following actions?

Giving money Providing shelter for those in need Providing food for the hungry All of the above.

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 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. According to the rabbis in the Talmud, who is the best role model for the character trait of standing by one's word?

God Moses Miriam Rabbi Akiba
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