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. 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?
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
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