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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. Which of these is a famous Orthodox feminist?
 Cynthia Ozick
 Blu Greenberg
 Judith Hauptman
 Judith Plaskow


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. In 1975, the Reform movement introduced what concept in its new prayer book Gates of Prayer?
 Gender inclusive language
 God as a woman
 Including the names of the matriarchs along with those of the patriarchs in a central section of the prayers
 Annotated prayers with feminist analysis


Question 4. How does the Book of Genesis describe the creation of woman?
 Man and woman are created together from the dust of the earth
 Man is created first, and woman is a secondary creation
 Woman is created first, and man is a secondary creation
 A & B only
 All of these


Question 5. 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 6. Who was the first female rabbi in America?
 Amy Eilberg
 Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
 Sally Priesand
 Aviva Cantor


Question 7. What are tekhines?
 Yiddish petitionary prayers traditionally recited by women
 The Yiddish name for sweet pastries traditionally baked by women
 The Yiddish name for the heavy stockings that women in Eastern Europe wore in order to dress modestly
 All of these