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Death and Mourning Quiz

What 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
 Adon Olam


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
 Walking backwards
 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
 Covering mirrors
 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