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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 word for marriage in the Talmud?
 Aliyah, or ascension
 Musaf, or addition
 Kiddushin, or holiness
 Yair, or enlightenment


Question 2. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?


Question 3. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.


Question 4. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.


Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. True or false: Married couples are especially encouraged to have sex on the night the woman returns from the mikveh, and on Friday nights.