My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Mt. Ararat


Question 2. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called


Question 3. The person who hears of the death of a parent, spouse, sibling or child is referred to as what up until the funeral?
 A kaddisha
 A kriah
 An onen
 An aninut


Question 4. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.


Question 5. How is suicide treated in Jewish tradition?
 The bible directly prohibits suicide
 There is no mention of suicide in the bible or Talmud
 There is a reference to the prohibition of suicide in the Talmud, but not in the bible
 The bible treats suicide as an unfortunate, but ultimately permissible, action


Question 6. In the 12-month mourning period after the death of a parent, which of these activities is it customary for a mourner to refrain from?
 Attending parties
 Praying out loud
 Eating meat
 Drinking wine


Question 7. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?


Question 8. What is a shomer in the context of death and mourning?
 Someone who cannot attend funerals
 A non-Jew who washes the dead body
 Someone who guards over the body until its burial
 Someone who gives a eulogy at a funeral


Question 9. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.


Question 10. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?