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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. According to the Midrash, God modeled the mitzvah of bikur holim (visiting the sick) by visiting whom?
 Adam
 Sarah
 Abraham
 Rebecca

 

Question 3. 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 4. According to the Talmud, what is the punishment for slander?
 Lashes
 Imprisonment
 A fine
 None of the above

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. What does marit ayin refer to?
 Breaking a minor law
 Giving the appearance of wrongdoing
 Praying for great wealth
 Stealing food that nobody will miss