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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 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
 Adon Olam


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


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


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


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