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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. 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

 

Question 2. 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

 

Question 3. 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 4. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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

 

Question 6. According to the Torah, what is the punishment for men who have homosexual sex?
 Incarceration
 Lashes
 Death
 Payment of a fine

 

Question 7. 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 8. True or false: Because it is a mitzvah to procreate, Jewish law never permits the use of birth control.
 True
 False

 

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

 

Question 10. True or false: Some Orthodox rabbis call for new interpretations of Jewish law to allow for more widespread acceptance of gay Jews.
 True
 False