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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?

Question 1. According to the Bible, childless widows are the legal responsibility of whom?
 Their fathers
 Their brothers
 Their husband's oldest brother
 The entire community


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


Question 3. 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


Question 4. 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


Question 5. 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


Question 6. Regina Jonas, often thought as the first female rabbi, was born and served as rabbi in which city?
 New York City


Question 7. Which of these is NOT a strong female character in the Hebrew Bible?