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 the “Ladder of Tzedakah,” what is the highest level of tzedakah?

Giving a poor person some money Giving a poor person an interest-free loan to become independent of charity Teaching a person some Torah Teaching a person about peaceful coexistence

Qustion 2. What does gemilut chasadim mean?

Donating money Bestowing acts of kindness Living righteously Living greedily

Qustion 3. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called

Hebrew free loan societies Tzedakah banks Aktsiyes Hevurtas

Qustion 4. Tithing is known in Hebrew as

Tzedakah Pe'ah Ma'aser Gemilut Hasadim

Qustion 5. 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 6. According to the Talmud, which of the following is not a difference between charity and benevolence?

Charity can only be carried out by giving money, whereas benevolence involves giving of one’s person Charity is directed to the poor, whereas benevolence involves the expression of goodwill to all Charity is given to the living, whereas benevolence can be extended to the dead Charity is not required of those who are less fortunate, whereas benevolence is required of everyone

Qustion 7. 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 8. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?

1/4 1/18 1/20 There is no set amount

Qustion 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

Qustion 10. 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
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