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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. Yahrzeit is observed on
 Eight days after death
 One month after death
 11 months after death
 The anniversary of the day of death

 

Question 2. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Beer-sheba
 Mt. Ararat
 Masada

 

Question 3. Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Passover
 Yom Kippur
 All of the above
 None of the above

 

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. 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 6. 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 7. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. What is a hevra kaddisha?
 A funeral home
 A burial society
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 10. After tearing their clothing, what Hebrew phrase do Jewish mourners say?
 Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya'akov
 Modeh Ani L'fanekha
 Baruch Dayan HaEmet
 Adon Olam