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


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


Question 3. Which scholar is known for his seminal work on lashon ha-ra?
 Hafetz Hayim
 Rabbenu Nissim


Question 4. 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 5. According to an adage in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers), who is wealthy?
 One who always has elegant food for Shabbat
 One who knows what the future holds
 One who has the respect of the community
 One who is happy with his lot


Question 6. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?
 The tongue
 Freedom of speech


Question 7. 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