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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called


Question 2. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.


Question 3. After the establishment of the State of Israel, what did Israel's Knesset decide was the only crime punishable by death?
 Treason during war
 Destruction of holy sites


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. Traditionally, if a bride or groom suffers the loss of parent within the 30 days leading up to the wedding, the wedding is to be:
 Postponed until after sheloshim, the first 30 days of mourning
 Postponed until after the full 12-month mourning period required for a parent
 Held on the original date, but with restrictions on the joyousness of the event
 Held on the original date with no restrictions on the joyousness of the event


Question 8. When is the El Maleh Rahamim ("God full of compassion") prayer traditionally said?
 Immediately upon hearing the news of someone's death
 Before visitors say goodbye to the mourners at a shiva
 At a burial
 All of the above


Question 9. 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 10. Yahrzeit is observed on
 Eight days after death
 One month after death
 11 months after death
 The anniversary of the day of death