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


Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Jewish ethics demand that we be scrupulous in paying taxes.


Question 5. Where does the term tikkun olam, repairing the world, first appear?
 The works of Martin Buber
 The Mishnah
 Lurianic Kabbalah
 The Book of Exodus


Question 6. According to Jewish law, is smoking marijuana allowed in the United States?
 Yes, but only when medically necessary
 Yes, but only when permitted by American law


Question 7. Which biblical character is said to have set the ideal example for hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests?