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Tzedakah Quiz

Tzedakah, 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 Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
 Children
 Orphans
 Those who are hungry
 Those who are local

 

Question 2. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?
 A motherís behavior towards her child
 A kingís behavior towards his subjects
 A prophetís behavior towards the people he is leading
 Godís behavior towards the People of Israel

 

Question 3. 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 oneís 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 4. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
 Tzedakah
 Pe'ah
 Ma'aser
 Gemilut Hasadim

 

Question 5. 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 6. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks
 Aktsiyes
 Hevurtas

 

Question 7. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but youíre not sure if sheís 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

 

Question 8. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution

 

Question 9. 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 10. True of false: According to rabbinic law, one should give tzedakah to one's own near relatives who are poor before giving to the rest of her city's poor.
 True
 False