My Jewish Learning

Sex & Sexuality Quiz

Judaism 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. When are sexual relations forbidden, according to traditional Judaism?
 On Shabbat
 During a holiday such as Passover
 While a man is tired, or has a headache
 During the daylight hours


Question 2. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.


Question 3. Where, according to Dr. Ruth, does her message of sexual liberation have its origins?
 In Eastern European folklore.
 Through being oppressed as a young woman.
 Through positive sexual messages in Orthodox Judaism.
 In a story from the Talmud.
 None of the above.


Question 4. True or false: The Bible explicitly prohibits lesbianism.


Question 5. What makes the biblical character Onan famous?
 He refused to perform a levirate marriage with his sister-in-law after his brother's death
 He slaughtered all the adult males of an entire city after one of them raped his sister
 He was the first nazirite
 He was a eunuch in the Holy Temple


Question 6. What is Judaism's opinion on celibacy?
 It is endorsed.
 It is up to the individual.
 Celibacy is only for rabbis.
 It is prohibited.


Question 7. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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