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 a famous Orthodox feminist?
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. Who sparked Second Wave feminism with the 1963 publication of The Feminine Mystique?
Alix Kates Shulman
Question 6. 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
Question 7. Who said: "There is nothing more beautiful for a wife than sitting in the corner of her house"?
Abraham Joshua Heschel