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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. When were the first synagogue sisterhoods founded by rabbis?


Question 2. 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.


Question 3. What was Bella Abzug's profession before being elected to congress in 1971?
 Stay at home mom


Question 4. According to the Talmud, a man without a wife is
 Very lucky
 Also without joy and blessing
 Most likely homosexual
 Someone who should be highly respected


Question 5. True or false: Throughout Jewish history, only men had the obligation to say the Kaddish


Question 6. Which of the sefirot (mystical attributes of God) evokes a female aspect of God?
 Hokhmah (wisdom)
 Hod (splendor)
 Malkhut (sovereignty)
 Tiferet (beauty)


Question 7. Which of these is not a para-rabbinic role assumed by women in the Modern Orthodox community?
 Advisor on the laws of ritual purity
 Advocate for women seeking a Jewish divorce
 Spiritual mentor in a synagogue