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 of :

Qustion 1. 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

Qustion 2. Which of these is not explicitly prohibited in the Torah?

Incest Marrying both a woman and her sister Marrying one’s first cousin Bestiality

Qustion 3. According to traditional Jewish law, when do women immerse in the mikveh (ritual bath)?

Immediately after they finish menstruating Ashkenazic women immerse five days after their period begins, Sephardic women immerse four days after their period begins Seven days after they finish menstruating Seven days after they get their period

Qustion 4. What is the word for marriage in the Talmud?

Aliyah, or ascension Musaf, or addition Kiddushin, or holiness Yair, or enlightenment

Qustion 5. 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

Qustion 6. 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

Qustion 7. 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

Qustion 8. 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."

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 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
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