Death and Mourning QuizWhat are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?
Question 1. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?
Question 2. 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 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. 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 5. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
Question 6. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
Question 7. After tearing their clothing, what Hebrew phrase do Jewish mourners say?
Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya'akov
Modeh Ani L'fanekha
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Question 8. 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
Question 9. What is a hevra kaddisha?
A funeral home
A burial society
Question 10. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
Covered except for the eyes
Covered except for the mouth