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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. 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 2. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?


Question 3. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years


Question 4. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?


Question 5. 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 6. What is tahara?
 The tallit one is buried in
 A ritual cleansing of the deceased
 The prayer said while lowering the casket into the ground
 A prayer said for missing persons


Question 7. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.


Question 8. 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 9. 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 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