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


Question 2. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.


Question 3. 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 4. What is the word for marriage in the Talmud?
 Aliyah, or ascension
 Musaf, or addition
 Kiddushin, or holiness
 Yair, or enlightenment


Question 5. 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 6. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject


Question 7. According to the Torah, what is the punishment for men who have homosexual sex?
 Payment of a fine


Question 8. 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 9. True or false: Because it is a mitzvah to procreate, Jewish law never permits the use of birth control.


Question 10. Which of the following statements is true, according to the Talmud?
 Sexual pleasure is a husband's right and a wifeís obligation
 Sexual pleasure is a wifeís right and a husbandís obligation
 Sexual pleasure is equally the obligation of all involved parties
 The Talmud never directly addresses the issue of sexual pleasure