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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. According to the Mishnah, how much of oneís fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
 1/4
 1/18
 1/20
 There is no set amount

 

Question 2. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
 Ecclesiastes
 ArbaĎah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonidesí Mishneh Torah

 

Question 3. According to Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
 Children
 Orphans
 Those who are hungry
 Those who are local

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. According to the Torah, if a farmer or his workers missed a section of the field during harvesting
 He cannot go back and pick it
 He must go back and pick it
 He must go back and pick it and then bring it to the poor
 He must go back and pick it and store it up for the future

 

Question 7. According to Maimonides' Ladder of Tzedakah, what is the lowest level of giving charity?
 One who gives anonymously
 One who gives less than what is fitting
 One who gives unwillingly
 One who gives before the poor asks for it

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 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