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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 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 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 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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


Question 7. 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