Jewish Gender & Feminism Quiz


Even as Jewish women have attained ritual and leadership opportunities formerly restricted to them, the history of female exclusion in Judaism continues to linger. How much do you know about gender issues in the Jewish past and present?

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Qustion 1. Which of these is NOT a strong female character in the Hebrew Bible?

Ruth Susannah Esther Hannah Deborah

Qustion 2. True or false: Throughout Jewish history, only men had the obligation to say the Kaddish

True False

Qustion 3. Which of the following was NOT included in the "Call for Change" issued by the women of the Ezrat Nashim movement ing the 1970s?

Counting women in the minyan Equalizing rights in marriage and divorce laws Exemption from certain mitzvot deemed inappropriate for women Leadership positions in the synagogue as rabbis and cantors

Qustion 4. True or false: In medieval mystical theology, all of God's ten attributes are female.

True False

Qustion 5. When were the first synagogue sisterhoods founded by rabbis?

1910s 1940s 1960s 1970s

Qustion 6. Which of these is a feminine name for God?

Adonai Eloheinu Shekhinah El Shaddai

Qustion 7. True or false: Some scholars have found that ancient Israelite views of women were in many ways more positive than those in other ancient Near Eastern societies.

True False

Qustion 8. Which of these is a famous Orthodox feminist?

Cynthia Ozick Blu Greenberg Judith Hauptman Judith Plaskow

Qustion 9. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.

True False

Qustion 10. What is the biblical precedent for allowing a woman to inherit her father's property, when she has no brothers?

Hannah and her seven sons Miriam and the women leaving Eypt The daughters of Zelophehad Deborah the prophetess and her successful leadership
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