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 has been considered a prevalent practice in early Hasidism?
Smoking tobacco pipes
Abstaining from all alcohol and drugs
Question 2. 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 3. What is pikuach nefesh?
The study of medicine
The biblical law against unnecessary surgery
The codes concerning modesty
The saving of a life
Question 4. 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 5. 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 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. True or false: People with tattoos cannot be buried in any Jewish cemetery.