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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?

Question 1. According to Maimonides, which of these are jobs for civil magistrates and officials?
 Making rounds to the markets, squares, and shops
 Fixing prices and regulating weights
 Correcting abuses
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 2. According to the rabbis in the Talmud, who is the best role model for the character trait of standing by one's word?
 Rabbi Akiba


Question 3. The mitzvah of visiting the sick should be performed for what type of people?
 Jews who are ill
 Jews and children who are ill
 All who are ill
 Good people who are ill


Question 4. According to Jewish law, is smoking marijuana allowed in the United States?
 Yes, but only when medically necessary
 Yes, but only when permitted by American law


Question 5. 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


Question 6. What is the appropriate Hebrew phrase to say to a mourner?
 Shema yisrael adonai eloheinu adonai ehad
 Lakol zman v'et lekhol hefetz tahat hashamayim
 Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei tziyon vi'yerushalayim
 Ad mea v'esrim


Question 7. In the Talmud, what is robbing a person of even a penny comparable to?
 Claiming his or her food for Shabbat
 Taking his or her life
 Abducting his or her children
 Eating out of his or her home pantry