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 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 2. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah
Question 3. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
Bestowing acts of kindness
Question 4. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
A financial donation
A business lesson
A heart-to-heart talk
An agrarian contribution
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 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. About the end of poverty, the Torah teaches
“There will never cease to be needy ones in your land.”
"There will be no poverty in the kingdom of David."
"Poverty will end when sacrfice ends."
"Poverty will decrease as learning increases."
Question 10. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but you’re not sure if she’s just faking it. According to Jewish law, what should you do?
Give her money
Point her towards a food pantry
Keep walking without acknowledging her
Join an organization that fights hunger