Jewish Gender & Feminism QuizEven 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. 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 2. Which publication aims "to foster discussion of Jewish women's issues... and to give women greater choice in Jewish life"?
N'shei Chabad Newsletter
Question 3. Who sparked Second Wave feminism with the 1963 publication of The Feminine Mystique?
Alix Kates Shulman
Question 4. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.
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. Which of the following is a quote from Golda Meir?
"The State of Israel will maintain equal social and political rights for all citizens, irrespective of religion, race, or sex."
"I will fight for the rights of my daughters, and my daughters' daughters."
"The impact of gender on Judaism is not a women's issue; it is an issue for everyone who seeks to understand Judaism."
"Women's liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that."
Question 7. What is the biblical precedent for allowing a woman to inherit her father's property, when she has no brothers?
Hannah and her seven sons
Miriam and the women leaving Eypt
The daughters of Zelophehad
Deborah the prophetess and her successful leadership