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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. How many Jews are required to be present during the recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish?


Question 2. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days


Question 3. 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 4. Traditionally, upon entering a shiva, a visitor may not speak until
 They wash his/her hands
 They recite the Kaddish
 The mourner addresses them
 The mourner recites the Kaddish


Question 5. 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 6. True or false: In Jewish law, a dying person is not afforded the same rights as a healthy person.


Question 7. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.


Question 8. In traditional Judaism, is one required to sit shiva for a miscarriage?
 No, but one is required to say Kaddish.


Question 9. What is a shomer in the context of death and mourning?
 Someone who cannot attend funerals
 A non-Jew who washes the dead body
 Someone who guards over the body until its burial
 Someone who gives a eulogy at a funeral


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