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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. According to Jewish law, is smoking marijuana allowed in the United States?
 Yes, but only when medically necessary
 Yes, but only when permitted by American law


Question 2. According to Proverbs 18:21, both death and life are in the hands of what?
 The tongue
 Freedom of speech


Question 3. When are you obligated to rebuke someone?
 When you hear that he or she is intending to steal
 When you hear that he or she has stolen something
 When you think he or she might steal something
 A and B
 A and C


Question 4. According to an adage in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers), who is wealthy?
 One who always has elegant food for Shabbat
 One who knows what the future holds
 One who has the respect of the community
 One who is happy with his lot


Question 5. According to the sage Hillel, which principle contains the entire Torah in it?
 Thou shalt not kill
 What is hateful to yourself do not do to your fellow-man
 Always act beyond the letter of the law
 Charity will prevent death


Question 6. What was the first step that rabbis took toward establishing a copyright law?
 They forbade competitors from republishing books without the consent of the author and the publisher
 They established the custom of introductions written by renowned rabbis
 They created the first "hekhsher," a seal of approval from a rabbinical board
 They instituted a directory of all works in print at the time


Question 7. In the Talmud, what is robbing a person of even a penny comparable to?
 Claiming his or her food for Shabbat
 Taking his or her life
 Abducting his or her children
 Eating out of his or her home pantry