Jewish Ethics QuizJudaism 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. True or false: According to the Shulhan Arukh, one should comfort both Jewish and non-Jewish mourners.
Question 2. True or false: It is more important to tell the truth than to save a life.
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?
Greed for money
Hunger for honor
All of the above.
Question 5. 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
Question 6. 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)
Question 7. 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