Jewish Ethics QuizJudaism 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 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. According to Maimonides, to whom is a Jew forbidden to sell weapons of war?
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 6. Which characters from the Bible are known to have lied?
Abraham and Sarah, to Pharaoh
Shifra and Puah, to Pharaoh
Samuel to Saul
A and B
All of the above
Question 7. 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