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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. About the end of poverty, the Torah teaches
 ďThere will never cease to be needy ones in your land.Ē
 "There will be no poverty in the kingdom of David."
 "Poverty will end when sacrfice ends."
 "Poverty will decrease as learning increases."


Question 2. 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 3. According to Jewish law, should one give money to a beggar on the street?
 Yes, but only if itís clear that he is not intoxicated
 Yes, but only if heís Jewish
 Yes, even if oneís own tzedakah fund has been depleted
 No, because giving a beggar money does not solve the greater problem


Question 4. 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 5. According to Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
 Those who are hungry
 Those who are local


Question 6. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution


Question 7. According to the Talmud, before giving money to an organization, what should you do?
 Ask your friends if it really does good work
 Find out if it serves the Jewish community
 Find out if the person running the organization is trustworthy
 Volunteer at the organization


Question 8. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks


Question 9. 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 10. Which of the following statements about tzedakah is true?
 It is a way of looking at the world and understanding the human role in creating a more perfect world
 It is something Jews are not obligated to do on a daily basis, but something they should do when they feel moved by a particular situation
 It only applies if providing monetary assistance is both necessary and possible for the giver; if money does not change hands, itís not tzedakah
 It is a way of approaching financial decisions that will keep observant Jews out of debt