My Jewish Learning

Death and Mourning Quiz

What are the history and practical aspects of Jewish bereavement?



Question 1. 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 2. True or false: Jewish tradition has no laws against cremation.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. What is a hevra kaddisha?
 A funeral home
 A burial society
 A hospital
 A cemetery

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. According to Maimonides, the rules of mourning apply after the death of anyone older than
 Eight days
 30 days
 One year
 Five years

 

Question 7. True or false: According to the Talmud, the same rules apply to a mourner, whether male or female.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. 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 9. Which biblical character is said to have delivered the first ethical will to his/her descendents?
 Adam
 Jacob
 Korah
 Esther

 

Question 10. Jewish caskets are traditionally made out of what material?
 Wood
 Iron
 Gold
 Coal