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

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. Which of the following statements is true, according to the Talmud?
 Sexual pleasure is a husband's right and a wife’s obligation
 Sexual pleasure is a wife’s right and a husband’s obligation
 Sexual pleasure is equally the obligation of all involved parties
 The Talmud never directly addresses the issue of sexual pleasure

 

Question 7. 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 8. Which personality in the Christian Bible is famous for using religious terms to espouse a negative attitude toward sex?
 Jesus
 John
 Paul
 Ringo

 

Question 9. True or false: Because it is a mitzvah to procreate, Jewish law never permits the use of birth control.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.
 True
 False