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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 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 2. 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.


Question 3. According to Maimonides, to whom is a Jew forbidden to sell weapons of war?
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 4. 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 5. What is the Hebrew term that describes the sale of an item at an excessively high or low price?
 Averah (forbidden)
 Tamei (impure)
 Kesher (connection)
 Ona'ah (oppression)


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. Which of the following is a case where it is permissible to lie according to Jewish law?
 Telling a bride she is beautiful, even if she is not
 Telling a host you had a good time, even if you did not
 Telling your dentist that you flossed every day
 Telling a child that the tooth fairy is real