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

 

Question 4. 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 5. True or false: According to Jewish law, a convert is not obligated to sit shiva for a member of his/her gentile family.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which of these events, in traditional Judaism, will prematurely end a shiva?
 Rosh Hashanah
 Passover
 Yom Kippur
 All of the above
 None of the above

 

Question 7. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
 Covered
 Covered except for the eyes
 Covered except for the mouth
 Completely uncovered

 

Question 8. 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

 

Question 9. What is a hevra kaddisha?
 A funeral home
 A burial society
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 10. The kaddish prayer is in what language?
 Aramaic
 Hebrew
 Ladino
 Yiddish