Death and Mourning QuizWhat 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
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?
Praying out loud
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
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