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. 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 2. 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 3. According to the Talmud, what is the punishment for slander?
 A fine
 None of the above


Question 4. How often is a retailer required to clean out his scale in order to keep it measuring fairly, according to the Mishnah?
 Every day
 Once per week
 Twice per week
 After every transaction


Question 5. When are you obligated to rebuke someone?
 When you hear that he or she is intending to steal
 When you hear that he or she has stolen something
 When you think he or she might steal something
 A and B
 A and C


Question 6. According to Jewish law, when can vows be nullified?
 When they are broken
 On Purim at the end of the Fast of Esther
 On Passover at the seder
 On Yom Kippur at Kol Nidre


Question 7. 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