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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. According to the Bible, a woman who marries the High Priest must
 Be descended from a priest herself
 Be a virgin
 Be sprinkled with water from a ritual bath
 All of these
 None of these

 

Question 3. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. True or false: Married couples are especially encouraged to have sex on the night the woman returns from the mikveh, and on Friday nights.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. In 2006, the Conservative law committee published a responsum which was used to allow homosexual students to study to become rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The central legal argument in this paper was based on
 The principle that human dignity can over-ride a negative commandment in the Torah
 The authors' painful personal experiences with reparative therapies
 The realization that no matter what, Jewish law cannot change
 The comparison of male homosexual sex to female homosexual sex

 

Question 6. 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 7. Which of these is the most preferable form of contraception, according to rabbinic authorities?
 Condoms.
 Birth control pill.
 Diaphragm.
 Withdrawal.

 

Question 8. True or false: The Bible explicitly prohibits lesbianism.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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