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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. What is a gemah?
 A library of useful items that people may borrow and then return
 The ransom one must pay for a captive Jew
 A catch-all term for those who are needy
 A parapet built around one's roof to prevent anyone from falling


Question 2. 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


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: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. According to the rabbis in the Talmud, who is the best role model for the character trait of standing by one's word?
 Rabbi Akiba