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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. What is a shomer in the context of death and mourning?
 Someone who cannot attend funerals
 A non-Jew who washes the dead body
 Someone who guards over the body until its burial
 Someone who gives a eulogy at a funeral


Question 2. Under normal circumstances, how long is a shiva?
 7 days
 8 days
 9 days
 3 days


Question 3. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.


Question 4. When is the El Maleh Rahamim ("God full of compassion") prayer traditionally said?
 Immediately upon hearing the news of someone's death
 Before visitors say goodbye to the mourners at a shiva
 At a burial
 All of the above


Question 5. 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 6. How many Jews are required to be present during the recitation of the Mourner's Kaddish?


Question 7. Jewish caskets are traditionally made out of what material?


Question 8. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Mt. Ararat


Question 9. In Jewish tradition, the face of the deceased at a burial is
 Covered except for the eyes
 Covered except for the mouth
 Completely uncovered


Question 10. 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