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 sefirot (mystical attributes of God) evokes a female aspect of God?
Question 2. According to the Bible, childless widows are the legal responsibility of whom?
Their husband's oldest brother
The entire community
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. As a general rule, women are exempted from what commandments, according to rabbinic Judaism?
Positive time-bound commandments, like fixed prayer
Commandments related to the Temple, like animal sacrifice
Negative commandments, like the prohibition to covet
All commandments except those that relate to marriage and child-rearing
Question 6. Which of these is a feminine name for God?
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