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. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
Question 2. 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 3. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
Rabbi Moses Feinstein
Question 4. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.
Question 5. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
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. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
Hebrew free loan societies
Question 8. The Book of Proverbs states that the doing of righteousness and justice is preferable to God than
Observing the Sabbath
The sacrificial offering
The act of praying
All other mitzvoth
Question 9. 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 10. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?