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


Question 4. 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


Question 5. True or false: It is more important to tell the truth than to save a life.


Question 6. Which of these is a talmudic legal principle?
 "The law of the land is the law"
 “The law reaches beyond the letter of the law”
 "From the time you made your first offer, I had resolved in my mind to sell it to you. Therefore I may take no greater amount."
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 7. What is a mentsch?
 A booklet used to say Birkat Hamazon, the grace after meals
 A decent human being
 A group of ten men
 A gift given when visiting a person who is ill