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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. 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 2. 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 3. Does the Conservative movement approve of gay marriage?
 The movement has chosen to ignore the issue
 Conservative rabbis have ratified both positive and negative positions on the issue


Question 4. True or false: The Bible explicitly prohibits lesbianism.


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


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. 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. Which personality in the Christian Bible is famous for using religious terms to espouse a negative attitude toward sex?


Question 10. 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.