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 the Mishnah, how much of oneís fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
There is no set amount
Question 2. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonidesí Mishneh Torah
Question 3. According to Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
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.
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