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Bereavement in Judaism: Quiz


Question 1: The ________ requires burial as soon as possible, even for executed criminals.

Question 2: While ________ (Jewish law) forbids tattoos, there is a common myth that Jews with tattoos are not permitted to be buried in Jewish cemeteries.
Hasidic JudaismOrthodox JudaismHalakhaHaredi Judaism

Question 3: Among many Orthodox Jews it has become customary to make a siyum by completing a tractate of Talmud or a volume of the ________ on the day prior to the Yahrtzeit, in the honor of the deceased.
Minor tractateMidrashMishnahTosefta

Question 4: In ________ caskets are not used at all, with the exception of military and state funerals.
IsraelGreeceArmeniaUnited States

Question 5: It is considered a great ________ (commandment) of kindness and compassion to pay a home visit to the mourners.
Jewish holidayUpsherinMitzvahTzitzit

Question 6: The chevra kadisha (חברה קדישא "holy group") is a Jewish ________ society usually consisting of volunteers, men and women, who prepare the deceased for proper Jewish burial.
DeathBurialCremationDeath and culture

Question 7: The main halakhic obligation is to recite the mourner's version of the ________ prayer at least three times, Maariv at the evening services, Shacharit at morning services, and Mincha at the afternoon services.
KaddishUpsherinMitzvahJewish holiday

Question 8: The body is purified with water, either by immersion in a ________ or by pouring a continuous stream in a prescribed manner.
HalakhaTzedakahMikvehJewish services

Question 9: Outside the Land of Israel, if the person wore a prayer shawl (________) during their life, one is laid in the coffin for wrapping the body once it is placed there.
Jewish holidayJewish servicesBrit milahTallit

Question 10: A popular custom is to coordinate a group of people who will jointly study the complete ________ during the shloshim period.
MishnahTalmudMinor tractateTosefta


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