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 composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
Rabbi Moses Feinstein
Question 2. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?
A mother’s behavior towards her child
A king’s behavior towards his subjects
A prophet’s behavior towards the people he is leading
God’s behavior towards the People of Israel
Question 3. What does the Hebrew word “tzedakah” mean literally?
Question 4. True of false: According to rabbinic law, one should give tzedakah to one's own near relatives who are poor before giving to the rest of her city's poor.
Question 5. 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 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. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
There is no set amount