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Relationships Quiz

Respect, education, and holiness are at the core of most Jewish laws regarding dealing with others. But what are the details of what Judaism advises for spouses, parents, children, siblings, and friends?

Question 1. Which of these biblical brothers were not rivals?
 Cain and Abel
 Isaac and Ishmael
 Jacob and Esau
 Reuben and Simeon


Question 2. Which of the following are situations in which the Talmud allows a child to disobey his or her parents?
 When a parent asks a child to violate Shabbat
 When a child wants to move to Israel and his parents forbid the move
 When a child wants to stay up late to learn Torah, but her parents say she has to go to bed
 A and C
 A and B


Question 3. What is a havruta?
 A loving marriage
 A friend with whom one studies Jewish texts
 A friend from birth
 A long-lost brother


Question 4. Before a woman visits a ritual bath, how does she prepare?
 Cleans under her fingernails, brushes her teeth, and removes all jewelry
 Soaks in the bath for at least 3 hours
 Rubs her body with oils or lotions to make her skin more fragrant
 All of the above


Question 5. Which of the Ten Commandments mandates having respect for one’s parents?
 The second commandment
 The fourth commandment
 The fifth commandment
 The tenth commandment


Question 6. According to the Talmud, who are the 3 partners in a person's creation?
 Parents, God, community
 Father, mother, earth mother
 Mother, father, God
 Father, son, holy ghost


Question 7. How is sex within marriage seen by Jewish tradition?
 As an obligation, but not one that should be done with excessive enthusiasm
 As part of the human drive for holiness
 As necessary in order to procreate, but not once the woman has reached menopause
 As a beautiful but not obligatory part of a marriage