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. 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 2. 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 3. In "escstatic" mysticism, the Land of Israel is a metaphor for:
The Jewish people
The human body
The human soul
Question 4. 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 5. What does the Hebrew word tz'ni'ut mean?
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. When Jewish women cover their hair, what does this traditionally indicate?
That they are dating
That they are married
That they are engaged
That they are pregnant