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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. 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 2. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.


Question 3. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called


Question 4. The kaddish prayer is in what language?


Question 5. Which of these is a traditional custom after leaving a cemetery?
 Washing one's hands
 Walking backwards
 Saying the Shema
 Taking off one's shoes


Question 6. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years


Question 7. 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 8. How long is it customary to recite kaddish after the death of a parent?
 One month
 Six months
 11 months
 However long feels right to the mourner


Question 9. 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 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