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

 

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.
 True
 False

 

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?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 Tisha B'av
 Sukkot

 

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?
 Julian Mack
 Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
 Minnie Low
 Lucy Flower

 

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.
 True
 False

 

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
 Ecclesiastes
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah