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. In 1975, the Reform movement introduced what concept in its new prayer book Gates of Prayer?

Gender inclusive language God as a woman Including the names of the matriarchs along with those of the patriarchs in a central section of the prayers Annotated prayers with feminist analysis

Qustion 2. True or false: The mystics conceive of the relationship between God and the Jewish people in sexual terms, with God as male and the Jewish people as female.

True False

Qustion 3. True or false: Throughout Jewish history, only men had the obligation to say the Kaddish

True False

Qustion 4. As a general rule, women are exempted from what commandments, according to rabbinic Judaism?

Positive time-bound commandments, like fixed prayer Commandments related to the Temple, like animal sacrifice Negative commandments, like the prohibition to covet All commandments except those that relate to marriage and child-rearing

Qustion 5. Which of these adjectives do rabbinic sources use to describe women?

Foolish Licentious Intelligent A & B only All of these

Qustion 6. What do medieval Jewish legal authorities think about wifebeating?

Some Sephardic authorities permit it, Ashkenazic authorities do not There is general consensus that it is permitted There is general consensus that it is encouraged Mystical authorities permit it, rationalists do not

Qustion 7. How does the Book of Genesis describe the creation of woman?

Man and woman are created together from the dust of the earth Man is created first, and woman is a secondary creation Woman is created first, and man is a secondary creation A & B only All of these

Qustion 8. Which of the sefirot (mystical attributes of God) evokes a female aspect of God?

Hokhmah (wisdom) Hod (splendor) Malkhut (sovereignty) Tiferet (beauty)

Qustion 9. What are Orthodox women's tefillah groups?

Groups of women who wish to maximize their participation in communal prayer while remaining within the parameters of Orthodox law Groups of women who are studying to be cantors in Orthodox synagogues Support groups for Orthodox women who have been physically or verbally abused within their community Outreach groups that attempt to convert Reform and Conservative women to Orthodoxy

Qustion 10. Which publication aims "to foster discussion of Jewish women's issues... and to give women greater choice in Jewish life"?

Sh'ma Magazine Lilith Magazine The Forward N'shei Chabad Newsletter
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