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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. In the Torah, what does the word yada or "to know," also designate?
 Being married to someone
 Having sexual relations with someone
 Being betrothed to someone
 Having raped someone


Question 2. Which of the following is a recipe in the Talmud for female oral contraception?
 Swizzle sticks
 A potion called the "cup of roots"
 The bark of an evergreen tree
 The placenta of a black cat


Question 3. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: It's possible to stop being a mamzer.


Question 10. 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.