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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. Who was the first female rabbi in America?
 Amy Eilberg
 Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
 Sally Priesand
 Aviva Cantor


Question 2. 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 3. According to the Zohar, who presides over the halls of the afterlife?
 Only men
 Men who were good to their wives
 Women who gave birth to or aided great men
 Women who were scrupulous in their religious observance


Question 4. Which of these is a feminine name for God?
 El Shaddai


Question 5. 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 6. 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?
 Rosh Chodesh
 Rosh Hashanah
 Tu Bishvat


Question 7. What is the biblical precedent for allowing a woman to inherit her father's property, when she has no brothers?
 Hannah and her seven sons
 Miriam and the women leaving Eypt
 The daughters of Zelophehad
 Deborah the prophetess and her successful leadership