Tzedakah QuizTzedakah, 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. How does the Talmud respond to someone who says, “I give this coin to the poor so that my sick child may recover?”
There is nothing wrong with this, even if it’s not the ideal
This person is worse than a thief
This person is giving charity at the highest level
What this person gives cannot be considered charity
Question 2. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. According to the Torah, if a farmer or his workers missed a section of the field during harvesting
He cannot go back and pick it
He must go back and pick it
He must go back and pick it and then bring it to the poor
He must go back and pick it and store it up for the future
Question 6. Which of the following is not a loan regulation found in the Torah?
A creditor was forbidden from seizing as collateral tools necessary for the debtor’s livelihood
A garment pledged against a loan was to be returned for the night
A creditor was forbidden to enter a debtor’s home to take a pledge
Interest must be charged on loans of money and food
Question 7. What does a Jewish community traditionally have to provide for someone who becomes impoverished?
Just enough to keep food on her table, clothes on her back, and a roof over her head
Food, clothing, shelter, and education
Whatever she was accustomed to before she became impoverished
The average salary for someone in their city or town
Question 8. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.
Question 9. According to Jewish law, should one give money to a beggar on the street?
Yes, but only if it’s clear that he is not intoxicated
Yes, but only if he’s Jewish
Yes, even if one’s own tzedakah fund has been depleted
No, because giving a beggar money does not solve the greater problem
Question 10. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah