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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. Which of the following is not a regulation found either in the Talmud or the medieval Jewish law codes?
 The body must be bathed regularly
 One must never wear the same garment for longer than three days
 One must not withhold evacuation of the bowels
 Hands are to be washed after touching parts of the body that are usually covered


Question 2. During which prayer on the High Holidays is it common to prostrate oneself fully on the ground.
 Adon Olam
 Modeh Ani


Question 3. What is a sheitel?
 A Yiddish word for a kippah (skullcap)
 Shoes worn on Shabbat
 A winter coat
 A wig


Question 4. What does the Hebrew word tz'ni'ut mean?
 Head covering


Question 5. True or false: People with tattoos cannot be buried in any Jewish cemetery.


Question 6. Shatnez is the biblical prohibition of mixing which two fibers?
 Wool and cotton
 Linen and silk
 Cotton and silk
 Wool and linen


Question 7. The Torah provides extensive detail regarding the clothing of:
 The patriarchs--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
 The rabbis
 The Levites
 The High Priest