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. 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 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. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. Who was the first female rabbi in America?

Amy Eilberg Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Sally Priesand Aviva Cantor

Qustion 10. According to the Bible, childless widows are the legal responsibility of whom?

Their fathers Their brothers Their husband's oldest brother The entire community
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