Tzedakah QuizTzedakah, 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. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
Hebrew free loan societies
Question 2. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.
Question 3. 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 4. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?
Question 5. 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 6. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
Question 7. How does the Talmud respond to someone who says, “I give this coin to the poor so that my sick child may recover?”
There is nothing wrong with this, even if it’s not the ideal
This person is worse than a thief
This person is giving charity at the highest level
What this person gives cannot be considered charity
Question 8. 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 9. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
A financial donation
A business lesson
A heart-to-heart talk
An agrarian contribution
Question 10. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah