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. Regina Jonas, often thought as the first female rabbi, was born and served as rabbi in which city?

Jerusalem New York City Warsaw Berlin

Qustion 2. Which of these is a feminine name for God?

Adonai Eloheinu Shekhinah El Shaddai

Qustion 3. 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 4. Which of these adjectives do rabbinic sources use to describe women?

Foolish Licentious Intelligent A & B only All of these

Qustion 5. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.

True False

Qustion 6. Which holiday, according to legend, was a reward given to the women of Israel because they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the Golden Calf?

Rosh Chodesh Rosh Hashanah Shavuot Tu Bishvat

Qustion 7. 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 8. Who said: "There is nothing more beautiful for a wife than sitting in the corner of her house"?

Moses Maimonides Abraham Joshua Heschel Mordecai Kaplan

Qustion 9. Which of these exclusively female ceremonies receives fleeting mention in the Bible?

Puberty rites (in Judges) Harvest dances (in Judges) Childbirth rituals (in Leviticus) All of these

Qustion 10. 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
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