Clothing & Appearance
While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts.
Beliefs & Practices
What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?
Health & Wellness
The Bible sees folk healing as idolatrous.
Jewish "healing" is more about providing communal support than about curing the sick.
Garments for synagogue and, for some, all-day wear.
Gender & Sexuality
The term refers to someone who refrains from physical contact with members of the opposite sex.
Jewish mourning practices center more on the deceased than on concern for the living.
End of Life
All denominations of Judaism prohibit assisted suicide and euthanasia, but there is some room for nuance.
Discretion in appearance and speech is designed to protect our souls from assault by a coarse world.
The commandment to remove a corpse from the stake on which it is impaled teaches us the importance of respecting the holiness of the body.
A Conservative responsum explores the Jewish issues involved.
How and when a Jew covers his or her head is a spiritual declaration and a nuanced social statement.
How much do you know about Jewish attitudes toward the human body?
A slideshow of Jewish clothing.