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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 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
 Gemilut Hasadim


Question 5. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Mishnah


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