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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. True or false: In Jewish law, a dying person is not afforded the same rights as a healthy person.


Question 2. Yahrzeit is observed on
 Eight days after death
 One month after death
 11 months after death
 The anniversary of the day of death


Question 3. After the establishment of the State of Israel, what did Israel's Knesset decide was the only crime punishable by death?
 Treason during war
 Destruction of holy sites


Question 4. How many Jews are required to be present during the recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish?


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


Question 6. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.


Question 7. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. The kaddish prayer is in what language?