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Tzedakah Quiz

Tzedakah, or righteousness, is often interpreted as charity, because Judaism views giving as the ultimate act of righteousness. As in most areas of life, here too Jewish tradition makes practical demands and specifies expectations. How much do you know about Tzedakah?

Question 1. According to Jewish law, which of these organizations should you be giving money to first?
 An independent local recycling plant
 A local food pantry
 A fund for disaster relief in China
 A hospital in Israel


Question 2. According to Jewish law, how much tzedakah must one give?
 25% of one's income
 3% of one's income
 However much money will feed a family for a week
 There are no set requirements, just guidelines


Question 3. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but you’re not sure if she’s just faking it. According to Jewish law, what should you do?
 Give her money
 Point her towards a food pantry
 Keep walking without acknowledging her
 Join an organization that fights hunger


Question 4. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
 Donating money
 Bestowing acts of kindness
 Living righteously
 Living greedily


Question 5. According to the Talmud, which of the following is not a difference between charity and benevolence?
 Charity can only be carried out by giving money, whereas benevolence involves giving of one’s person
 Charity is directed to the poor, whereas benevolence involves the expression of goodwill to all
 Charity is given to the living, whereas benevolence can be extended to the dead
 Charity is not required of those who are less fortunate, whereas benevolence is required of everyone


Question 6. The rabbis of classical Judaism said tzedakah is
 Less important than other mitzvot
 Just as important as any other one mitzvah
 Equal in value to all other mitzvot combined
 Not important if you don't know any other mitzvot


Question 7. Which of the following is an example of tzedakah in biblical law?
 Lighting Shabbat candles
 Not eating pork
 Putting no other god before God
 Leaving the corners of one’s field unharvested


Question 8. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
 Julian Mack
 Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
 Minnie Low
 Lucy Flower


Question 9. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Mishnah


Question 10. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?