My Jewish Learning

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. The mitzvah of visiting the sick should be performed for what type of people?
 Jews who are ill
 Jews and children who are ill
 All who are ill
 Good people who are ill


Question 2. Which scholar is known for his seminal work on lashon ha-ra?
 Hafetz Hayim
 Rabbenu Nissim


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 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 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 6. 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 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