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

 

Question 2. Does the Conservative movement approve of gay marriage?
 Yes
 No
 The movement has chosen to ignore the issue
 Conservative rabbis have ratified both positive and negative positions on the issue

 

Question 3. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 Yes
 No
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject

 

Question 4. 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 5. Which of these is the most preferable form of contraception, according to rabbinic authorities?
 Condoms.
 Birth control pill.
 Diaphragm.
 Withdrawal.

 

Question 6. What is a mamzer?
 A non-Jewish man married to a Jewish woman.
 A Jewish man who marries a non-Jewish woman.
 The child of an adulterous or incestuous union.
 A promiscuous person of either gender.

 

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. 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. 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 10. 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