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Our Bodies Quiz

In Judaism, spirituality and physicality are closely connected, and Judaism has lots to say about issues like modesty and healthy behaviors. How much do you know about Jewish attitudes toward the body?

Question 1. What is Maimonides' explanation for the requirement for Jewish men to wear beards?
 Moses had a beard so we honor him
 Pagan priests shaved
 God knew that European winters were cold
 The beard is a reminder of Esau, and we must keep him close to memory


Question 2. Among the traditional blessings recited every morning is a blessing regarding:
 The human body
 The human soul
 Both A & B
 None of the above


Question 3. In "escstatic" mysticism, the Land of Israel is a metaphor for:
 The Jewish people
 The human body
 The human soul
 Our ancestors


Question 4. True or false: Smoking is prohibited by Jewish law because cigarettes are not kosher.


Question 5. What does the Hebrew word tz'ni'ut mean?
 Head covering


Question 6. What did the sages of the talmudic era believe about the human body?
 That it is a vessel for the soul
 That it is completely unimportant
 That it is a vessel for the mind
 That it is holier than God


Question 7. Where does the practice of wearing a skullcap come from?
 A verse in the Torah
 A mishnah
 The Talmud
 It is a custom, or minhag