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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. How does the Talmud respond to someone who says, “I give this coin to the poor so that my sick child may recover?”
 There is nothing wrong with this, even if it’s not the ideal
 This person is worse than a thief
 This person is giving charity at the highest level
 What this person gives cannot be considered charity

 

Question 2. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
 A financial donation
 A business lesson
 A heart-to-heart talk
 An agrarian contribution

 

Question 3. 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 4. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
 1/4
 1/18
 1/20
 There is no set amount

 

Question 5. Who composed the famous “Ladder of Tzedakah” which prioritizes the best forms of charity?
 Rashi
 Maimonides
 Nachmanides
 Rabbi Moses Feinstein

 

Question 6. According to Jewish law, which of these organizations should you be giving money to first?
 An independent local recycling plant
 A local food pantry
 A fund for disaster relief in China
 A hospital in Israel

 

Question 7. 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 8. True or Fale: "What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours," is a good attitude toward wealth in Jewish tradition.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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