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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. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
 Rashi
 Maimonides
 Nachmanides
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein

 

Question 2. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
 1/4
 1/18
 1/20
 There is no set amount

 

Question 3. The Talmud distinguishes between charity and benevolence in three ways. Which is not a way
 Charity is in the form of money. Benevolence is in the form of time.
 Charity is for the poor. Benevolence is for anyone.
 Charity is given by adults. Benevolence is given by anyone.
 Charity is given to the living. Benevolence can be given to the dead as well.

 

Question 4. Which of the following statements about tzedakah is true?
 It is a way of looking at the world and understanding the human role in creating a more perfect world
 It is something Jews are not obligated to do on a daily basis, but something they should do when they feel moved by a particular situation
 It only applies if providing monetary assistance is both necessary and possible for the giver; if money does not change hands, it’s not tzedakah
 It is a way of approaching financial decisions that will keep observant Jews out of debt

 

Question 5. 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 6. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
 Donating money
 Bestowing acts of kindness
 Living righteously
 Living greedily

 

Question 7. According to a rabbinic teaching, when a beggar stands before you asking for money
 You should ignore him
 You should cover your eyes
 You should know God's presence is with him
 You should know that God has abandoned him

 

Question 8. According to the Talmud, before giving money to an organization, what should you do?
 Ask your friends if it really does good work
 Find out if it serves the Jewish community
 Find out if the person running the organization is trustworthy
 Volunteer at the organization

 

Question 9. According to Maimonides' Ladder of Tzedakah, what is the lowest level of giving charity?
 One who gives anonymously
 One who gives less than what is fitting
 One who gives unwillingly
 One who gives before the poor asks for it

 

Question 10. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called
 Tzedakah
 Pe'ah
 Pushke
 Ma'aser