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Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?

Question 1. 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 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. Jews traditionally recite the viddui (confession) before they die and
 On Yom Kippur
 At the Passover seder
 After healing from a life-threatening illness
 After their bar/bat mitzvah


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. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years


Question 6. In traditional Judaism, is one required to sit shiva for a miscarriage?
 No, but one is required to say Kaddish.


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


Question 8. Which of these is traditionally placed on a Jewish gravestone as a memorial?


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