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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 rules of tz'ni'ut, or modesty, apply to which area of life?
 Dress
 Behavior
 Speech
 All of these

 

Question 2. 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 3. Which of these statements about the Jewish laws of modesty is true?
 The laws apply to men only
 The laws apply to women only
 There are laws about modesty for both men and women
 The laws are not particularly important

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. What is a sheitel?
 A Yiddish word for a kippah (skullcap)
 Shoes worn on Shabbat
 A winter coat
 A wig

 

Question 7. In "escstatic" mysticism, the Land of Israel is a metaphor for:
 The Jewish people
 The human body
 The human soul
 Our ancestors