Death and Mourning QuizWhat are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?
Question 1. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
Question 2. After tearing their clothing, what Hebrew phrase do Jewish mourners say?
Mah Tovu Ohalekha Ya'akov
Modeh Ani L'fanekha
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Question 3. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?
Question 4. Which of these is a traditional custom after leaving a cemetery?
Washing one's hands
Saying the Shema
Taking off one's shoes
Question 5. 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 6. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.
Question 7. 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 8. Which of the following is NOT a common custom during shiva?
Sitting low to the ground
Leaving doors unlocked
Turning off all electrical appliances
Question 9. 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
Question 10. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
When the law of the land requires it
When an autopsy can help cure a disease for others in the future
Both B & C