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. 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


Question 2. 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 3. According to Maimonides, to whom is a Jew forbidden to sell weapons of war?
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 4. True or false: It is more important to tell the truth than to save a life.


Question 5. 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


Question 6. 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 7. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?