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. 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.
Question 3. The prohibition against humiliating a beggar comes from which Jewish text?
Question 4. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
Question 5. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
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.
Question 7. The call in Isaiah to "take the poor into your homes," read as the Haftarah on which holiday?
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?
There is no set amount
Question 10. The corners of fields, which were designated for the poor, are called