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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 debtor’s livelihood
 A garment pledged against a loan was to be returned for the night
 A creditor was forbidden to enter a debtor’s home to take a pledge
 Interest must be charged on loans of money and food

 

Question 4. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution

 

Question 5. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. 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 one’s field unharvested

 

Question 7. 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 8. 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

 

Question 9. 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 10. About the end of poverty, the Torah teaches
 “There will never cease to be needy ones in your land.”
 "There will be no poverty in the kingdom of David."
 "Poverty will end when sacrfice ends."
 "Poverty will decrease as learning increases."