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. What does gemilut chasadim mean?
Bestowing acts of kindness
Question 2. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
Hebrew free loan societies
Question 3. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
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
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.