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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 Tisha B'av


Question 6. According to the Talmud, before giving money to an organization, what should you do?
 Ask your friends if it really does good work
 Find out if it serves the Jewish community
 Find out if the person running the organization is trustworthy
 Volunteer at the organization


Question 7. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
 Gemilut Hasadim


Question 8. How does the Talmud respond to someone who says, ďI give this coin to the poor so that my sick child may recover?Ē
 There is nothing wrong with this, even if itís not the ideal
 This person is worse than a thief
 This person is giving charity at the highest level
 What this person gives cannot be considered charity


Question 9. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution


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