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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days

 

Question 2. In the 12-month mourning period after the death of a parent, which of these activities is it customary for a mourner to refrain from?
 Attending parties
 Praying out loud
 Eating meat
 Drinking wine

 

Question 3. 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 4. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False

 

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: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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 8. What is a hevra kaddisha?
 A funeral home
 A burial society
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 9. How long is it customary to recite kaddish after the death of a parent?
 One month
 Six months
 11 months
 However long feels right to the mourner

 

Question 10. True or false: In Jewish law, a dying person is not afforded the same rights as a healthy person.
 True
 False