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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 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 2. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 3. 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)

 

Question 4. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?
 Greed for money
 Hunger for honor
 Sexual lust
 Gluttony
 All of the above.

 

Question 5. Which biblical character is said to have set the ideal example for hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests?
 Adam
 Noah
 Abraham
 Moses

 

Question 6. 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 7. The mitzvah of tzedakah includes which of the following actions?
 Giving money
 Providing shelter for those in need
 Providing food for the hungry
 All of the above.