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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. Does the Torah provide laws about treating day laborers and physical workers fairly?


Question 2. Which of the following does Greco-Jewish philosopher Philo prohibit under "do not covet"?
 Greed for money
 Hunger for honor
 Sexual lust
 All of the above.


Question 3. 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 4. Which biblical character is said to have set the ideal example for hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests?


Question 5. Why is gossip, or rekhilut, prohibited?
 Because it would look bad if Jews were caught gossiping
 Because it can hurt people emotionally and materially, even if it seems innocent
 Because it's not productive
 Because it can cause you to become a leper (metzorah)


Question 6. According to the Midrash, God modeled the mitzvah of bikur holim (visiting the sick) by visiting whom?


Question 7. True or false: According to Judaism, as long as what you're saying is true, there's no problem saying it to others.