My Jewish Learning

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. Which of the following is a case where it is permissible to lie according to Jewish law?
 Telling a bride she is beautiful, even if she is not
 Telling a host you had a good time, even if you did not
 Telling your dentist that you flossed every day
 Telling a child that the tooth fairy is real


Question 2. 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


Question 3. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.


Question 4. 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


Question 5. Which scholar is known for his seminal work on lashon ha-ra?
 Hafetz Hayim
 Rabbenu Nissim


Question 6. 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


Question 7. What is the Hebrew term that describes the sale of an item at an excessively high or low price?
 Averah (forbidden)
 Tamei (impure)
 Kesher (connection)
 Ona'ah (oppression)