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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. According to the Torah, if a farmer or his workers missed a section of the field during harvesting
 He cannot go back and pick it
 He must go back and pick it
 He must go back and pick it and then bring it to the poor
 He must go back and pick it and store it up for the future

 

Question 2. 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 one’s 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 3. 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 4. What does a Jewish community traditionally have to provide for someone who becomes impoverished?
 Just enough to keep food on her table, clothes on her back, and a roof over her head
 Food, clothing, shelter, and education
 Whatever she was accustomed to before she became impoverished
 The average salary for someone in their city or town

 

Question 5. 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 6. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
 Tzedakah
 Pe'ah
 Ma'aser
 Gemilut Hasadim

 

Question 7. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
 Rashi
 Maimonides
 Nachmanides
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein

 

Question 8. According to the “Ladder of Tzedakah,” what is the highest level of tzedakah?
 Giving a poor person some money
 Giving a poor person an interest-free loan to become independent of charity
 Teaching a person some Torah
 Teaching a person about peaceful coexistence

 

Question 9. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
 Hebrew free loan societies
 Tzedakah banks
 Aktsiyes
 Hevurtas

 

Question 10. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
 Ecclesiastes
 Arba‘ah Turim
 The Midrash
 Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah