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 of :

Qustion 1. 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 2. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.

True False

Qustion 3. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.

True False

Qustion 4. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?

Giving Charity Righteousness Humility

Qustion 5. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?

Rashi Maimonides Nachmanides Rabbi Moses Feinstein

Qustion 6. 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 7. 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 8. What does gemilut chasadim mean?

Donating money Bestowing acts of kindness Living righteously Living greedily

Qustion 9. 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 10. 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.
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