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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
 Covered
 Covered except for the eyes
 Covered except for the mouth
 Completely uncovered

 

Question 2. What is tahara?
 The tallit one is buried in
 A ritual cleansing of the deceased
 The prayer said while lowering the casket into the ground
 A prayer said for missing persons

 

Question 3. Yahrzeit is observed on
 Eight days after death
 One month after death
 11 months after death
 The anniversary of the day of death

 

Question 4. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days

 

Question 5. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. What is seudat havra’ah?
 The morning after the funeral
 A meal of consolation
 A mourner who is a close friend, but not family
 A gift brought to the shiva home

 

Question 7. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years

 

Question 8. According to Jewish tradition, one is obligated to observe mourning rituals for the following relatives
 Father, mother, son, and daughter
 Father, brother, son, and husband
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, and spouse

 

Question 9. When is the El Maleh Rahamim ("God full of compassion") prayer traditionally said?
 Immediately upon hearing the news of someone's death
 Before visitors say goodbye to the mourners at a shiva
 At a burial
 All of the above

 

Question 10. Which of these is a traditional custom after leaving a cemetery?
 Washing one's hands
 Walking backwards
 Saying the Shema
 Taking off one's shoes