Sex & Sexuality QuizJudaism does not see sex as dirty or grossly physical, neither does it encourage sex outside committed relationships. How much do you know about Jewish perspectives on sex?
Question 1. What is the first reference to sex in the Torah?
"Be fertile and increase; fill the Earth and master it"
"And God said, let us make Man"
“While the Man slept, He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that spot. And the Lord God fashioned the rib that He had taken from the man into a woman."
"A man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, so that they become one flesh."
Question 2. True or false: Married couples are especially encouraged to have sex on the night the woman returns from the mikveh, and on Friday nights.
Question 3. Maimonides compares the spilling of semen to….
killing a human being.
breaking all Ten Commandments.
All of the above.
None of the above.
Question 4. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?
Question 5. Which of the following is not a byproduct of excessive sexual activity, according to Maimonides in the Mishneh Torah?
A man's strength fails
A foul odor proceeds from his mouth and armpits
A man becomes prematurely aged
A man's teeth wither and corrode
Question 6. In the Torah, what does the word yada or "to know," also designate?
Being married to someone
Having sexual relations with someone
Being betrothed to someone
Having raped someone
Question 7. What is a mamzer?
A non-Jewish man married to a Jewish woman.
A Jewish man who marries a non-Jewish woman.
The child of an adulterous or incestuous union.
A promiscuous person of either gender.
Question 8. Does the Conservative movement approve of gay marriage?
The movement has chosen to ignore the issue
Conservative rabbis have ratified both positive and negative positions on the issue
Question 9. Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow, a Jewish Renewal rabbi, writes that marriage patterns are changing and therefore
The Jewish notion of marriage should be abolished
Jews should continue to preserve the status quo of rigid marriages
Jews could institute a new version of non-monogamous and non-permanent "concubine" relationships
Judaism should embrace free love without boundaries
Question 10. In 2006, the Conservative law committee published a responsum which was used to allow homosexual students to study to become rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The central legal argument in this paper was based on
The principle that human dignity can over-ride a negative commandment in the Torah
The authors' painful personal experiences with reparative therapies
The realization that no matter what, Jewish law cannot change
The comparison of male homosexual sex to female homosexual sex