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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. What is the protocol for a ritually impure woman and man?
 Expulsion from the Israelite camp
 Immersion in a ritual pool of water
 Death by stoning
 A ritual service administered by a priest, or kohen

 

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

 

Question 5. 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 6. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 7. In 1977, which Jewish movement drafted a call to decriminalize homosexual sex and end all discrimination based on sexual orientation?
 Reform
 Reconstructionist
 Conservative
 Orthodox

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. What does the Sefer Hahinuch compare homosexuality to?
 Sexual congress with animals.
 Incest.
 Marrying a barren woman.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.