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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. 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 2. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Mishnah
 Proverbs

 

Question 4. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
 Giving
 Charity
 Righteousness
 Humility

 

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

 

Question 6. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 Tisha B'av
 Sukkot

 

Question 8. According to Maimonides' Ladder of Tzedakah, what is the lowest level of giving charity?
 One who gives anonymously
 One who gives less than what is fitting
 One who gives unwillingly
 One who gives before the poor asks for it

 

Question 9. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
 1/4
 1/18
 1/20
 There is no set amount

 

Question 10. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called
 Tzedakah
 Pe'ah
 Pushke
 Ma'aser