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. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
Question 2. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called
Question 9. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.
Question 10. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
Bestowing acts of kindness