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

 

Question 2. Which Torah passage is read on the afternoon of Yom Kippur?
 The story of Adam and Eve.
 The passage forbidding homosexuality and various sexual sins.
 Abraham circumcising Isaac.
 The metaphorical "birth" of the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments.

 

Question 3. Which of the following rulings does not appear in a traditional Jewish text?
 There must be close bodily contact during sex
 A man is forbidden to compel his wife to have marital relations
 The act itself must be done with haste, and the participants must not speak one to the other
 A husband who says, ‘I will not perform my marital duties unless she wears her clothes and I mine,’ must divorce her and give her also a monetary settlement

 

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

 

Question 5. True or false: It's possible to stop being a mamzer.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which of these is the most preferable form of contraception, according to rabbinic authorities?
 Condoms.
 Birth control pill.
 Diaphragm.
 Withdrawal.

 

Question 7. According to traditional Jewish law, when do women immerse in the mikveh (ritual bath)?
 Immediately after they finish menstruating
 Ashkenazic women immerse five days after their period begins, Sephardic women immerse four days after their period begins
 Seven days after they finish menstruating
 Seven days after they get their period

 

Question 8. Maimonides compares the spilling of semen to….
 idol worship.
 killing a human being.
 breaking all Ten Commandments.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 9. 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 10. What is the word for marriage in the Talmud?
 Aliyah, or ascension
 Musaf, or addition
 Kiddushin, or holiness
 Yair, or enlightenment