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 Maimonides' Ladder of Tzedakah, what is the lowest level of giving charity?

One who gives anonymously One who gives less than what is fitting One who gives unwillingly One who gives before the poor asks for it

Qustion 2. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?

Giving Charity Righteousness Humility

Qustion 3. According to Jewish law, how much tzedakah must one give?

25% of one's income 3% of one's income However much money will feed a family for a week There are no set requirements, just guidelines

Qustion 4. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but you’re not sure if she’s just faking it. According to Jewish law, what should you do?

Give her money Point her towards a food pantry Keep walking without acknowledging her Join an organization that fights hunger

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

Hebrew free loan societies Tzedakah banks Aktsiyes Hevurtas

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. 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
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