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. According to Jewish law, should one give money to a beggar on the street?
Yes, but only if it’s clear that he is not intoxicated
Yes, but only if he’s Jewish
Yes, even if one’s own tzedakah fund has been depleted
No, because giving a beggar money does not solve the greater problem
Question 2. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
Question 3. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but you’re not sure if she’s just faking it. According to Jewish law, what should you do?
Give her money
Point her towards a food pantry
Keep walking without acknowledging her
Join an organization that fights hunger
Question 4. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
Question 5. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
Question 6. 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 7. According to Jewish law, how much tzedakah must one give?
25% of one's income
3% of one's income
However much money will feed a family for a week
There are no set requirements, just guidelines
Question 8. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
A financial donation
A business lesson
A heart-to-heart talk
An agrarian contribution
Question 9. 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 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, it’s not tzedakah
It is a way of approaching financial decisions that will keep observant Jews out of debt