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?

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Qustion 1. 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

Qustion 2. 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

Qustion 3. 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.

Qustion 4. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?

Rashi Maimonides Nachmanides Rabbi Moses Feinstein

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called

Hebrew free loan societies Tzedakah banks Aktsiyes Hevurtas

Qustion 8. 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

Qustion 9. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?

The Torah The Talmud The Mishnah Proverbs

Qustion 10. 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 Sukkot
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