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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 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 2. The rules of tz'ni'ut, or modesty, apply to which area of life?
 All of these


Question 3. 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 4. Which of these words in the Tanakh does NOT describe the soul?


Question 5. In "escstatic" mysticism, the Land of Israel is a metaphor for:
 The Jewish people
 The human body
 The human soul
 Our ancestors


Question 6. The laws about clothing in the Torah include which of these requirements?
 Wearing clothes that cover one’s elbows and knees
 Wearing hats or kippot
 Refraining from wearing clothes that contain wool and linen in the same garment
 Refraining from wearing costumes except on Purim


Question 7. Which of the following is a way rabbis explained the biblical prohibition against getting tattoos?
 People are created in the image of God, and tattooing alters that image
 Tattooing can be disrespectful to one's parents
 Tattoos can be a sign of idolatry
 All of the above