Our Bodies

Health & Wellness

The Contemporary Jewish Healing Movement

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

Clothing & Appearance

Jewish Clothing

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

Can A Jew Get Body Piercings?

While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts.

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 (Tzniut)

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

Judaism and the Human Body

The commandment to remove a corpse from the stake on which it is impaled teaches us the importance of respecting the holiness of the body.

Jewish Law and Body Piercing: A Conservative Perspective

A Conservative responsum explores the Jewish issues involved.

Kippot, Hats and Head Coverings: A Traditionalist View

How and when a Jew covers his or her head is a spiritual declaration and a nuanced social statement.

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.