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Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

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The Contemporary Jewish Healing Movement

Jewish "healing" is more about providing communal support than about curing the sick.

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Jewish Clothing

Garments for synagogue and, for some, all-day wear.

Shomer Negiah, the Prohibition on Touching

The term refers to someone who refrains from physical contact with members of the opposite sex.

The Centrality of K’vod Ha-met (Honoring the Dead)

Jewish mourning practices center more on the deceased than on concern for the living.

Modesty (Tz’ni’ut)

Discretion in appearance and speech is designed to protect our souls from assault by a coarse world.

Our Bodies Quiz

In Judaism, spirituality and physicality are closely connected, and Judaism has lots to say about issues like modesty and healthy ...

Jewish Clothes

A slideshow of Jewish clothing.

Faith Healing

Curing with supernatural powers is viewed with skepticism in Judaism.

Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community

Anorexia and bulimia are amongst the most emotionally and physically devastating disorders affecting young Jewish women.

Treating Addiction With Jewish Values

Messages from Jewish tradition to help combat substance abuse and other addictions

Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs

As a culture that values sobriety, individual responsibility, and health, Judaism is wary of substances that may cause more damage than the enjoyment they may bring their users.

Body Piercing in Jewish Law

Jewish law does not prohibit it, but Jewish theology and ethics raise serious questions about what statements we make with body piercing.

Tattooing in Jewish Law

A Conservative ruling on body ink.