Our Bodies QuizIn 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 pikuach nefesh?
The study of medicine
The biblical law against unnecessary surgery
The codes concerning modesty
The saving of a life
Question 2. What is shucklen?
The Yiddish term for swaying during prayer
The Yiddish term for laughing
The Hebrew term for a clean body
The Hebrew term for a clean soul
Question 3. In the bible, why did King Ahasuerus choose Queen Esther as his wife?
For her intelligence
For her bright dress
For her outward beauty
For her disdain of personal hygiene
Question 4. What is the reasoning behind the prohibition against wearing garments made of wool and linen woven together?
Mixing an animal product with a plant product is like incest
Wool is seen as holy, and linen is seen as unholy, and the two should never been mixed
It's ritually forbidden to wear anything made of animals
Question 5. What did the rabbis in the talmudic period believe about souls?
That they predate creation
That they were created during the six days of creation
That they come into existence the moment a person is born
That they are a myth
Question 6. What is the status of body piercing in Jewish law?
It is completely prohibited
It is permitted, but can bring up issues of modesty
It is permitted, but only for women
It is permitted, but only for men
Question 7. Rabbinic literature describes the human being as an olam katan, meaning what?
The melding of body and soul
A microcosm of the world
A reincarnation of Adam and Eve
A sacred temple