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. Who advocates for "engendering" Judaism by making gender a fundamental criterion for understanding the Jewish past and envisioning the Jewish future?
Question 2. Historically, how did Jewish women celebrate the appearance of a new moon?
Performing ritual dances outside
Immersing in a mikveh
Refraining from sewing, spinning, weaving or doing any needlework
Question 3. 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
Question 4. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.
Question 5. 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 6. Regina Jonas, often thought as the first female rabbi, was born and served as rabbi in which city?
New York City
Question 7. What are Orthodox women's tefillah groups?
Groups of women who wish to maximize their participation in communal prayer while remaining within the parameters of Orthodox law
Groups of women who are studying to be cantors in Orthodox synagogues
Support groups for Orthodox women who have been physically or verbally abused within their community
Outreach groups that attempt to convert Reform and Conservative women to Orthodoxy