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


Question 2. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks


Question 3. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
 Gemilut Hasadim


Question 4. 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 5. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah


Question 6. According to Jewish law, should one give money to a beggar on the street?
 Yes, but only if it’s clear that he is not intoxicated
 Yes, but only if he’s Jewish
 Yes, even if one’s own tzedakah fund has been depleted
 No, because giving a beggar money does not solve the greater problem


Question 7. 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 8. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein


Question 9. True or false: The halakhah (Jewish law) regarding interest-free loans apply to Jews and non-Jews.


Question 10. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.