My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. Jewish caskets are traditionally made out of what material?
 Wood
 Iron
 Gold
 Coal

 

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

 

Question 3. 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 4. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
 Never
 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 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. 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 7. 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 8. How long is it customary to recite kaddish after the death of a parent?
 One month
 Six months
 11 months
 However long feels right to the mourner

 

Question 9. The kaddish prayer is in what language?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Ladino
 Yiddish

 

Question 10. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.
 True
 False