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


Question 2. What is the appropriate Hebrew phrase to say to a mourner?
 Shema yisrael adonai eloheinu adonai ehad
 Lakol zman v'et lekhol hefetz tahat hashamayim
 Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei tziyon vi'yerushalayim
 Ad mea v'esrim


Question 3. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.


Question 4. Implicit in the concept of tikkun olam is what understanding?
 The world is a good place, full of people who are, deep down, good
 The world is broken and needs to be fixed
 Fixing the world is the job of the world's leaders
 Social justice work is the way to end all wars


Question 5. 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 6. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?
 Greed for money
 Hunger for honor
 Sexual lust
 All of the above.


Question 7. 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