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. True or false: In medieval mystical theology, all of God's ten attributes are female.
Question 2. 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 3. 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 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. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.
Question 6. True or false: Throughout Jewish history, only men had the obligation to say the Kaddish
Question 7. Under Jewish law, an agunah, or "chained woman" whose husband deserts her, is missing, or refuses to grant a divorce, is:
Supposed to fast until he returns
Not allowed to remarry
Forced to marry her husband's brother
Required to go in a mikveh before remarrying