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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. When are sexual relations forbidden, according to traditional Judaism?
 On Shabbat
 During a holiday such as Passover
 While a man is tired, or has a headache
 During the daylight hours


Question 2. Which of these is not explicitly prohibited in the Torah?
 Marrying both a woman and her sister
 Marrying one’s first cousin


Question 3. 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 4. Which Torah passage is read on the afternoon of Yom Kippur?
 The story of Adam and Eve.
 The passage forbidding homosexuality and various sexual sins.
 Abraham circumcising Isaac.
 The metaphorical "birth" of the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments.


Question 5. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?


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 the literal translation for the Hebrew phrase that means "sexual offenses"?
 The "uncovering of nakedness."
 The "disclosing of truths."
 The "openness of desires."
 The "quenching of thirsts."
 None of the above.


Question 8. 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.


Question 9. In 1977, which Jewish movement drafted a call to decriminalize homosexual sex and end all discrimination based on sexual orientation?


Question 10. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject