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. According to Jewish law, when choosing who will receive tzedakah funds, who takes first priority?
Those who are hungry
Those who are local
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. According to the Mishnah, how much of one’s fields must one leave unharvested for the needy?
There is no set amount
Question 5. Which social worker helped found the Maxwell Street Settlement House, the Women's Loan Association, and the Juvenile Protective Association?
Hannah Greenbaum Solomon
Question 6. About the end of poverty, the Torah teaches
“There will never cease to be needy ones in your land.”
"There will be no poverty in the kingdom of David."
"Poverty will end when sacrfice ends."
"Poverty will decrease as learning increases."
Question 7. True or false: Jews traditionally give tzedakah just before Shabbat and festivals.
Question 8. 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 9. The phrase "One who loves money is never satisfied with money," is from
Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah
Question 10. 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