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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Who is required to give tzedakah?
Everyone, according to his or her means
Only the breadwinner from every family
Only families who never have to take tzedakah from others
All who are greedy
Question 6. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
Question 7. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
Rabbi Moses Feinstein
Question 8. According to the “Ladder of Tzedakah,” what is the highest level of tzedakah?
Giving a poor person some money
Giving a poor person an interest-free loan to become independent of charity
Teaching a person some Torah
Teaching a person about peaceful coexistence
Question 9. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
Hebrew free loan societies
Question 10. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah