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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. "Let not your Shabbat speech be like your daily speech." Where does this statement come from?
 The Bible
 The Talmud
 Heschel's The Sabbath
 A practical guide to Shabbat observance from the 19th century


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 the rabbis in the Talmud, who is the best role model for the character trait of standing by one's word?
 Rabbi Akiba


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


Question 5. Which of these is a fundamental principle of Jewish business ethics?
 "Let the buyer beware"
 "The law of the land is the law"
 "If you can't take the heat, keep out of the kitchen"
 "You break it, you bought it"


Question 6. 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 7. 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