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


Question 2. Among the traditional blessings recited every morning is a blessing regarding:
 The human body
 The human soul
 Both A & B
 None of the above


Question 3. 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 4. During which prayer on the High Holidays is it common to prostrate oneself fully on the ground.
 Adon Olam
 Modeh Ani


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. What did the sages of the talmudic era believe about the human body?
 That it is a vessel for the soul
 That it is completely unimportant
 That it is a vessel for the mind
 That it is holier than God


Question 7. Which of these statements about the 12-Step Program for overcoming addiction is true?
 It is not appropriate for Jews because it emphasizes a Christian God
 It does not apply to Jews because they do not become addicts
 It can be adapted for Jewish practice and faith
 It does not apply to Jews because they can overcome addiction very quickly