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. In the Bible, commandments regarding assistance for the poor are modeled after which of these?
A motherís behavior towards her child
A kingís behavior towards his subjects
A prophetís behavior towards the people he is leading
Godís behavior towards the People of Israel
Question 3. 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 oneís 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 4. Tithing is known in Hebrew as
Question 5. 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 6. Credit cooperatives that helped Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century were called
Hebrew free loan societies
Question 7. Every morning on your way to work, you pass a woman who asks for money for food. Her clothing is dirty and ragged, but youíre not sure if sheís just faking it. According to Jewish law, what should you do?
Give her money
Point her towards a food pantry
Keep walking without acknowledging her
Join an organization that fights hunger
Question 8. In the Bible, giving tzedakah mainly takes what form?
A financial donation
A business lesson
A heart-to-heart talk
An agrarian contribution
Question 9. According to Jewish law, how much tzedakah must one give?
25% of one's income
3% of one's income
However much money will feed a family for a week
There are no set requirements, just guidelines
Question 10. 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.