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 was the first female rabbi in America?
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Question 2. 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
Question 3. According to the Zohar, who presides over the halls of the afterlife?
Men who were good to their wives
Women who gave birth to or aided great men
Women who were scrupulous in their religious observance
Question 4. Which of these is a feminine name for God?
Question 5. 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 6. Which holiday, according to legend, was a reward given to the women of Israel because they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the Golden Calf?
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