The Torah explicitly prohibits tattoos. But does that mean a Jew with a tattoo cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery? Read one rabbi's reasoned response.Read More
Clothing has reflected religious identification, social status, emotional state and even the Jews' relation with the outside world.Hats and Head Coverings
How and when a Jew covers his or her head is a spiritual declaration and a social statement.Modesty
Discretion in appearance and speech is designed to protect our souls.Jewish Clothes
A slideshow of Jewish clothing.Dress in Judaism & Islam
A cultural and religious analysis.
Adorning the BodyAdorning the Body
The Bible imposes some specific limitations on what we may do to our bodies.Tattoos
The biblical ban on tattooing remains in force, but a contemporary rabbi probes its rationale.Body Piercing
Jewish law does not prohibit it, but Jewish theology and ethics raise serious questions.Cosmetic Surgery
If it does not serve a medical purpose, it's frowned upon by the Jewish legal tradition.Beards and Sidelocks
Beards have become a powerful symbol of Jewish manhood.
Health and IllnessHealth and Healing
Judaism generally views medical treatment positively, even as an obligation.Caring for One's Health
Jewish law mandates a healthful lifestyle.Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs
Jewish culture values sobriety, individual responsibility, and health.Saving a Life
Most of Jewish law can and should be set aside in order to avoid endangering a person's health or safety.Overcoming Addiction
Messages from Jewish tradition to help combat substance abuse and other addictions.
HealingIllness and Healing
The Bible sees folk healing as idolatrous.Biblical & Post-Biblical
A clear distinction between medicine and magical healing developed only gradually.Rabbinic & Post-Rabbinic
The evolution of attitudes towards physicians, beliefs connecting illness and sin, prayers for healing, and the use of folk healing traditions.Contemporary Healing Movement
Jewish "healing" is more about providing communal support than about curing the sick.Faith Healing
Curing with supernatural powers is viewed with skepticism in Judaism.