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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.


Question 5. 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 6. What does semen affect, according to Maimonides?
 The entire body's strength.
 The light of one's eyes.
 Physical viability and decay.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


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


Question 8. True or false: It's possible to stop being a mamzer.


Question 9. 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 10. 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