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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. 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 2. True or false: One is not required to sit shiva after the death of a step-parent.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. What is a hevra kaddisha?
 A funeral home
 A burial society
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 4. The kaddish prayer is in what language?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Ladino
 Yiddish

 

Question 5. What is a shomer in the context of death and mourning?
 Someone who cannot attend funerals
 A non-Jew who washes the dead body
 Someone who guards over the body until its burial
 Someone who gives a eulogy at a funeral

 

Question 6. 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 7. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Ashrei
 Adon Olam
 Shema

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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