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


Question 2. Which of the following is a case where it is permissible to lie according to Jewish law?
 Telling a bride she is beautiful, even if she is not
 Telling a host you had a good time, even if you did not
 Telling your dentist that you flossed every day
 Telling a child that the tooth fairy is real


Question 3. 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 4. What is gneivat da'at?
 Deceiving another person into thinking that you wish to do more for him than you intend to do
 Lying in order to make an unpopular person feel better about herself
 A white lie
 Insurance fraud


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. According to the Torah, what major event was accomplished by speech?
 The creation of the world
 The splitting of the sea
 The miracle of the manna
 The destruction of Jericho