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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 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"


Question 2. According to Jewish law, is smoking marijuana allowed in the United States?
 Yes, but only when medically necessary
 Yes, but only when permitted by American law


Question 3. 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 4. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.


Question 5. 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 6. According to the Talmud, what is the punishment for slander?
 A fine
 None of the above


Question 7. 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