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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. Which of these is a fundamental principle of Jewish business ethics?
 "Let the buyer beware"
 "The law of the land is the law"
 "If you can't take the heat, keep out of the kitchen"
 "You break it, you bought it"


Question 2. What is the Hebrew term that describes the sale of an item at an excessively high or low price?
 Averah (forbidden)
 Tamei (impure)
 Kesher (connection)
 Ona'ah (oppression)


Question 3. Which of these is a talmudic legal principle?
 "The law of the land is the law"
 “The law reaches beyond the letter of the law”
 "From the time you made your first offer, I had resolved in my mind to sell it to you. Therefore I may take no greater amount."
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 4. True or false: According to the Shulhan Arukh, one should comfort both Jewish and non-Jewish mourners.


Question 5. What is a mentsch?
 A booklet used to say Birkat Hamazon, the grace after meals
 A decent human being
 A group of ten men
 A gift given when visiting a person who is ill


Question 6. According to Maimonides, to whom is a Jew forbidden to sell weapons of war?
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 7. Why is gossip, or rekhilut, prohibited?
 Because it would look bad if Jews were caught gossiping
 Because it can hurt people emotionally and materially, even if it seems innocent
 Because it's not productive
 Because it can cause you to become a leper (metzorah)