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 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 2. 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 3. 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
Question 4. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
Bestowing acts of kindness
Question 5. 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 6. The rabbis of classical Judaism said tzedakah is
Less important than other mitzvot
Just as important as any other one mitzvah
Equal in value to all other mitzvot combined
Not important if you don't know any other mitzvot
Question 7. Which of the following is an example of tzedakah in biblical law?
Lighting Shabbat candles
Not eating pork
Putting no other god before God
Leaving the corners of one’s field unharvested
Question 8. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
Question 9. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
Question 10. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?