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. 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 one’s field unharvested

Qustion 2. 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

Qustion 3. 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

Qustion 4. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?

A mother’s behavior towards her child A king’s behavior towards his subjects A prophet’s behavior towards the people he is leading God’s behavior towards the People of Israel

Qustion 5. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called

Tzedakah Pe'ah Pushke Ma'aser

Qustion 6. What does gemilut chasadim mean?

Donating money Bestowing acts of kindness Living righteously Living greedily

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?

The Torah The Talmud The Mishnah Proverbs

Qustion 10. 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
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