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Tzedakah Quiz

Tzedakah, or righteousness, is often interpreted as charity, because Judaism views giving as the ultimate act of righteousness. As in most areas of life, here too Jewish tradition makes practical demands and specifies expectations. How much do you know about Tzedakah?



Question 1. Which of the following is not a loan regulation found in the Torah?
 A creditor was forbidden from seizing as collateral tools necessary for the debtor’s livelihood
 A garment pledged against a loan was to be returned for the night
 A creditor was forbidden to enter a debtor’s home to take a pledge
 Interest must be charged on loans of money and food

 

Question 2. The Talmud distinguishes between charity and benevolence in three ways. Which is not a way
 Charity is in the form of money. Benevolence is in the form of time.
 Charity is for the poor. Benevolence is for anyone.
 Charity is given by adults. Benevolence is given by anyone.
 Charity is given to the living. Benevolence can be given to the dead as well.

 

Question 3. According to Jewish law, should one give money to a beggar on the street?
 Yes, but only if it’s clear that he is not intoxicated
 Yes, but only if he’s Jewish
 Yes, even if one’s own tzedakah fund has been depleted
 No, because giving a beggar money does not solve the greater problem

 

Question 4. What does a Jewish community traditionally have to provide for someone who becomes impoverished?
 Just enough to keep food on her table, clothes on her back, and a roof over her head
 Food, clothing, shelter, and education
 Whatever she was accustomed to before she became impoverished
 The average salary for someone in their city or town

 

Question 5. According to Jewish law, which of these organizations should you be giving money to first?
 An independent local recycling plant
 A local food pantry
 A fund for disaster relief in China
 A hospital in Israel

 

Question 6. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. According to the Talmud, before giving money to an organization, what should you do?
 Ask your friends if it really does good work
 Find out if it serves the Jewish community
 Find out if the person running the organization is trustworthy
 Volunteer at the organization

 

Question 9. Which of the following statements about tzedakah is true?
 It is a way of looking at the world and understanding the human role in creating a more perfect world
 It is something Jews are not obligated to do on a daily basis, but something they should do when they feel moved by a particular situation
 It only applies if providing monetary assistance is both necessary and possible for the giver; if money does not change hands, it’s not tzedakah
 It is a way of approaching financial decisions that will keep observant Jews out of debt

 

Question 10. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
 Rashi
 Maimonides
 Nachmanides
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein