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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. The Book of Proverbs states that the doing of righteousness and justice is preferable to God than
 Observing the Sabbath
 The sacrificial offering
 The act of praying
 All other mitzvoth


Question 2. According to a rabbinic teaching, when a beggar stands before you asking for money
 You should ignore him
 You should cover your eyes
 You should know God's presence is with him
 You should know that God has abandoned him


Question 3. According to the “Ladder of Tzedakah,” what is the highest level of tzedakah?
 Giving a poor person some money
 Giving a poor person an interest-free loan to become independent of charity
 Teaching a person some Torah
 Teaching a person about peaceful coexistence


Question 4. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called


Question 5. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?
 A mother’s behavior towards her child
 A king’s behavior towards his subjects
 A prophet’s behavior towards the people he is leading
 God’s behavior towards the People of Israel


Question 6. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah


Question 7. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
 There is no set amount


Question 8. About the end of poverty, the Torah teaches
 “There will never cease to be needy ones in your land.”
 "There will be no poverty in the kingdom of David."
 "Poverty will end when sacrfice ends."
 "Poverty will decrease as learning increases."


Question 9. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
 Julian Mack
 Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
 Minnie Low
 Lucy Flower


Question 10. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks