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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. 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


Question 2. The mitzvah of visiting the sick should be performed for what type of people?
 Jews who are ill
 Jews and children who are ill
 All who are ill
 Good people who are ill


Question 3. 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 4. Which scholar is known for his seminal work on lashon ha-ra?
 Hafetz Hayim
 Rabbenu Nissim


Question 5. 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 6. What does marit ayin refer to?
 Breaking a minor law
 Giving the appearance of wrongdoing
 Praying for great wealth
 Stealing food that nobody will miss


Question 7. True or false: It is more important to tell the truth than to save a life.