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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 pikuach nefesh?
 The study of medicine
 The biblical law against unnecessary surgery
 The codes concerning modesty
 The saving of a life


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. What is the status of body piercing in Jewish law?
 It is completely prohibited
 It is permitted, but can bring up issues of modesty
 It is permitted, but only for women
 It is permitted, but only for men


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