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. 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
Question 2. 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)
Breaking an oath
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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
Question 6. 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 7. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?
Freedom of speech