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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
 Covered
 Covered except for the eyes
 Covered except for the mouth
 Completely uncovered

 

Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Ashrei
 Adon Olam
 Shema

 

Question 5. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?
 Adam
 Jacob
 Korah
 Esther

 

Question 8. 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 9. What is seudat havra’ah?
 The morning after the funeral
 A meal of consolation
 A mourner who is a close friend, but not family
 A gift brought to the shiva home

 

Question 10. 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