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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. True of false: According to rabbinic law, one should give tzedakah to one's own near relatives who are poor before giving to the rest of her city's poor.


Question 2. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah


Question 3. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.


Question 4. 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 5. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. Which of the following is an example of tzedakah in biblical law?
 Lighting Shabbat candles
 Not eating pork
 Putting no other god before God
 Leaving the corners of one’s field unharvested


Question 10. According to Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
 Those who are hungry
 Those who are local