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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 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 2. Where does the term tikkun olam, repairing the world, first appear?
 The works of Martin Buber
 The Mishnah
 Lurianic Kabbalah
 The Book of Exodus


Question 3. If you tell a friend, "I heard that Michael was fired from his last job because he was caught embezzling," what ethical speech rule are you violating?
 Lashon ha-ra (talebearing)
 Motzi shem ra (slander)
 Breaking an oath


Question 4. The mitzvah of tzedakah includes which of the following actions?
 Giving money
 Providing shelter for those in need
 Providing food for the hungry
 All of the above.


Question 5. According to Jewish law, when can vows be nullified?
 When they are broken
 On Purim at the end of the Fast of Esther
 On Passover at the seder
 On Yom Kippur at Kol Nidre


Question 6. 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 7. Which biblical character is said to have set the ideal example for hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests?