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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. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.


Question 2. 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 3. According to the Talmud, what is the punishment for slander?
 A fine
 None of the above


Question 4. 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 5. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.


Question 6. What does marit ayin refer to?
 Breaking a minor law
 Giving the appearance of wrongdoing
 Praying for great wealth
 Stealing food that nobody will miss


Question 7. Which of these is a fundamental principle of Jewish business ethics?
 "Let the buyer beware"
 "The law of the land is the law"
 "If you can't take the heat, keep out of the kitchen"
 "You break it, you bought it"