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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 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 2. What is the reasoning behind the prohibition against wearing garments made of wool and linen woven together?
 Nobody knows
 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 3. Shatnez is the biblical prohibition of mixing which two fibers?
 Wool and cotton
 Linen and silk
 Cotton and silk
 Wool and linen


Question 4. 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 5. Which early Christian said that circumcision was an irrelevant practice?


Question 6. Rabbi Nahman of Breslov taught that cravings and addictions destroy what?
 Family life
 Awareness of God
 Synagogue life
 Charitable foundations


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