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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. 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 3. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Ashrei
 Adon Olam
 Shema

 

Question 4. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. In traditional Judaism, is one required to sit shiva for a miscarriage?
 Yes
 No
 No, but one is required to say Kaddish.

 

Question 9. Which of the following is NOT a common custom during shiva?
 Sitting low to the ground
 Covering mirrors
 Leaving doors unlocked
 Turning off all electrical appliances

 

Question 10. After the establishment of the State of Israel, what did Israel's Knesset decide was the only crime punishable by death?
 Treason during war
 Murder
 Destruction of holy sites
 Rape