My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. True or false: There is no explicit prohibition against suicide in the Bible.
 True
 False

 

Question 2. Which prayer is at the end of the deathbed viddui ceremony?
 The Amidah
 Ashrei
 Adon Olam
 Shema

 

Question 3. Which of the following was the site of a Jewish mass suicide in the face of Roman conquerors?
 Mt. Sinai
 Beer-sheba
 Mt. Ararat
 Masada

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What is an ethical will?
 A will that is signed by a lawyer
 Another name for the Ten Commandments
 A letter parents write to their children telling them all the lessons they have learned in their life
 A letter parents write to their children allotting their money after they die

 

Question 7. From the time they find out about a family member's death, until the burial, mourners are in a state called
 sheloshim
 tahara
 aninut
 kriah

 

Question 8. 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 9. When might Jewish law permit autopsies?
 Never
 When the law of the land requires it
 When an autopsy can help cure a disease for others in the future
 Both B & C

 

Question 10. According to Jewish tradition, one is obligated to observe mourning rituals for the following relatives
 Father, mother, son, and daughter
 Father, brother, son, and husband
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, and spouse
 Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, and spouse