Sex & Sexuality QuizJudaism 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?
Question 9. True or false: Because it is a mitzvah to procreate, Jewish law never permits the use of birth control.
Question 10. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.