Death and Mourning QuizWhat are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?
Question 1. 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 2. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
When the law of the land requires it
When an autopsy can help cure a disease for others in the future
Both B & C
Question 3. After tearing their clothing, what Hebrew phrase do Jewish mourners say?
Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya'akov
Modeh Ani L'fanekha
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Question 4. How long is it customary to recite kaddish after the death of a parent?
However long feels right to the mourner
Question 5. 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 6. How many Jews are required to be present during the recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish?
Question 7. Jews traditionally recite the viddui (confession) before they die and
On Yom Kippur
At the Passover seder
After healing from a life-threatening illness
After their bar/bat mitzvah
Question 8. Traditionally, if a bride or groom suffers the loss of parent within the 30 days leading up to the wedding, the wedding is to be:
Postponed until after sheloshim, the first 30 days of mourning
Postponed until after the full 12-month mourning period required for a parent
Held on the original date, but with restrictions on the joyousness of the event
Held on the original date with no restrictions on the joyousness of the event
Question 9. 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 10. According to tradition, what do Jews do to initiate the mourning period?
They get down on their knees and cry
They tear their clothing
They give money to charity
They eat a meal