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 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 2. 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 3. 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

Qustion 4. When are you obligated to rebuke someone?

When you hear that he or she is intending to steal When you hear that he or she has stolen something When you think he or she might steal something A and B A and C

Qustion 5. If you tell a friend, "I heard that Michael was fired from his last job because he was caught embezzling," what ethical speech rule are you violating?

Lashon ha-ra (talebearing) Motzi shem ra (slander) Fraud Breaking an oath

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

Common decency Sexuality Sensitivity Making a livelihood All of the above

Qustion 7. True or false: It is more important to tell the truth than to save a life.

True False

Qustion 8. According to the Torah, what major event was accomplished by speech?

The creation of the world The splitting of the sea The miracle of the manna The destruction of Jericho

Qustion 9. 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 10. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?

God Torah The tongue Freedom of speech
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