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. Who is required to give tzedakah?
Everyone, according to his or her means
Only the breadwinner from every family
Only families who never have to take tzedakah from others
All who are greedy
Question 2. The rabbis of classical Judaism said tzedakah is
Less important than other mitzvot
Just as important as any other one mitzvah
Equal in value to all other mitzvot combined
Not important if you don't know any other mitzvot
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?
Question 6. 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 7. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
Question 8. How does the Talmud respond to someone who says, ďI give this coin to the poor so that my sick child may recover?Ē
There is nothing wrong with this, even if itís 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 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. 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