My Jewish Learning

Jewish Ethics Quiz

Judaism has a lot to say about ethics. How can we be responsible businesspeople? What constitutes talking about someone (and is it ever good to)? How can we be mentsches -- and what is a mentsch, anyway?

Question 1. What is the appropriate Hebrew phrase to say to a mourner?
 Shema yisrael adonai eloheinu adonai ehad
 Lakol zman v'et lekhol hefetz tahat hashamayim
 Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei tziyon vi'yerushalayim
 Ad mea v'esrim


Question 2. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?
 Greed for money
 Hunger for honor
 Sexual lust
 All of the above.


Question 3. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.


Question 4. According to the rabbis of the Talmud, lying to receive future benefits from another person is like what?
 Investing money in a bank
 Planting a seed


Question 5. If you see your friend being rude to the barista at Starbucks, and then go and tell another friend about it, that constitutes:
 Lashon ha-ra (talebearing)
 None of the above


Question 6. Which of the following people does the Torah specifically instruct to protect and provide for?
 Women and children
 Widows and orphans
 People with physical and mental disabilities
 The illiterate and the foolish


Question 7. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.