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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. The laws about clothing in the Torah include which of these requirements?
 Wearing clothes that cover one’s elbows and knees
 Wearing hats or kippot
 Refraining from wearing clothes that contain wool and linen in the same garment
 Refraining from wearing costumes except on Purim


Question 2. 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 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. What is the status of cosmetic surgery in Jewish law?
 It is forbidden under any circumstances
 It is permitted only when there is a legitimate medical purpose
 It is permitted only in the case of tattoo removal
 It is always forbidden except in the case of burn victims


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


Question 6. In Kabbalistic literature, gilgul refers to what type of reincarnation?
 When a guilt laden soul pursued by devils enters a human body in order to find rest and has to be exorcised
 Impregnation, in which a soul descends from heaven in order to assist another soul in the body
 When a deceased family member enters into the body of his next-born descendent
 Transmigration, in which a soul that had previously inhabited one body is sent back to earth to inhabit another body


Question 7. When Jewish women cover their hair, what does this traditionally indicate?
 That they are dating
 That they are married
 That they are engaged
 That they are pregnant