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. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
Question 2. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
A financial donation
A business lesson
A heart-to-heart talk
An agrarian contribution
Question 3. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?
A motherís behavior towards her child
A kingís behavior towards his subjects
A prophetís behavior towards the people he is leading
Godís behavior towards the People of Israel
Question 4. 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, itís not tzedakah
It is a way of approaching financial decisions that will keep observant Jews out of debt
Question 5. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonidesí Mishneh Torah
Question 6. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
Question 7. 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 8. 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 oneís field unharvested
Question 9. 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 debtorís livelihood
A garment pledged against a loan was to be returned for the night
A creditor was forbidden to enter a debtorís home to take a pledge
Interest must be charged on loans of money and food
Question 10. According to the Mishnah, how much of oneís fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
There is no set amount