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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 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. Does the Conservative movement approve of gay marriage?
 Yes
 No
 The movement has chosen to ignore the issue
 Conservative rabbis have ratified both positive and negative positions on the issue

 

Question 9. 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 10. 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