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 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 2. Who sparked Second Wave feminism with the 1963 publication of The Feminine Mystique?
Alix Kates Shulman
Question 3. When were the first synagogue sisterhoods founded by rabbis?
Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is a feminine name for God?
Question 6. 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 7. Which of these is not an available source of information about Jewish women's lives in the Middle Ages?
Betrothal and marriage contracts
Women's published autobiographies