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 an available source of information about Jewish women's lives in the Middle Ages?

Responsa literature Betrothal and marriage contracts Women's published autobiographies Business correspondences Divorce contracts

Qustion 2. Who advocates for "engendering" Judaism by making gender a fundamental criterion for understanding the Jewish past and envisioning the Jewish future?

Rachel Adler Cynthia Ozick Henrietta Szold Golda Meir

Qustion 3. Which of the sefirot (mystical attributes of God) evokes a female aspect of God?

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

Qustion 4. 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 5. What was Bella Abzug's profession before being elected to congress in 1971?

Pediatrician Psychologist Lawyer Stay at home mom

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. 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 8. What was life like for Jewish women in the Middle Ages?

In Muslim lands women tended to be more sheltered than in Christian areas In Christian lands women tended to be more sheltered than in Muslim areas In both Muslim and Christian lands Jewish women enjoyed tremendous upward mobility In both Muslim and Christian lands Jewish women lived circumscribed lives, but were allowed to initiate divorce

Qustion 9. Who was the first female rabbi in America?

Amy Eilberg Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Sally Priesand Aviva Cantor

Qustion 10. Which of these adjectives do rabbinic sources use to describe women?

Foolish Licentious Intelligent A & B only All of these
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