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Jewish Gender & Feminism Quiz

Even 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. Regina Jonas, often thought as the first female rabbi, was born and served as rabbi in which city?
 New York City


Question 2. Which publication aims "to foster discussion of Jewish women's issues... and to give women greater choice in Jewish life"?
 Sh'ma Magazine
 Lilith Magazine
 The Forward
 N'shei Chabad Newsletter


Question 3. True or false: In the Bible, women are sometimes presented as equal to men, and sometimes as subordinate.


Question 4. True or false: Some scholars have found that ancient Israelite views of women were in many ways more positive than those in other ancient Near Eastern societies.


Question 5. According to the Bible, childless widows are the legal responsibility of whom?
 Their fathers
 Their brothers
 Their husband's oldest brother
 The entire community


Question 6. According to the Talmud, a man without a wife is
 Very lucky
 Also without joy and blessing
 Most likely homosexual
 Someone who should be highly respected


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