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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 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
 Ecclesiastes
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah

 

Question 3. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
 Donating money
 Bestowing acts of kindness
 Living righteously
 Living greedily

 

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