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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?
 Flowers
 Dirt
 Money
 Stones

 

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.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False

 

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
 Adon Olam

 

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
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 10. 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