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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?


Question 2. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?


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. What is potentially problematic about wills?
 According to Jewish law contracts cannot be enforced after one's death
 A will might go against the biblical laws of inheritance
 Jewish law requires one to donate all his/her assets to charity before death
 According to Judaism everything belongs to God so nothing can be given away


Question 5. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days


Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. What is an ethical will?
 A will that is signed by a lawyer
 Another name for the Ten Commandments
 A letter parents write to their children telling them all the lessons they have learned in their life
 A letter parents write to their children allotting their money after they die


Question 9. Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Yom Kippur
 All of the above
 None 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