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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 false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution

 

Question 3. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
 Julian Mack
 Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
 Minnie Low
 Lucy Flower

 

Question 5. True of false: According to rabbinic law, one should give tzedakah to one's own near relatives who are poor before giving to the rest of her city's poor.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
 Giving
 Charity
 Righteousness
 Humility

 

Question 7. 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 8. The Talmud distinguishes between charity and benevolence in three ways. Which is not a way
 Charity is in the form of money. Benevolence is in the form of time.
 Charity is for the poor. Benevolence is for anyone.
 Charity is given by adults. Benevolence is given by anyone.
 Charity is given to the living. Benevolence can be given to the dead as well.

 

Question 9. According to Jewish law, which of these organizations should you be giving money to first?
 An independent local recycling plant
 A local food pantry
 A fund for disaster relief in China
 A hospital in Israel

 

Question 10. 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