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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. Maimonides compares the spilling of semen to….
 idol worship.
 killing a human being.
 breaking all Ten Commandments.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 2. Which Torah passage is read on the afternoon of Yom Kippur?
 The story of Adam and Eve.
 The passage forbidding homosexuality and various sexual sins.
 Abraham circumcising Isaac.
 The metaphorical "birth" of the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments.


Question 3. Which personality in the Christian Bible is famous for using religious terms to espouse a negative attitude toward sex?


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


Question 5. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.


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


Question 7. What is the word for marriage in the Talmud?
 Aliyah, or ascension
 Musaf, or addition
 Kiddushin, or holiness
 Yair, or enlightenment


Question 8. What is the protocol for a ritually impure woman and man?
 Expulsion from the Israelite camp
 Immersion in a ritual pool of water
 Death by stoning
 A ritual service administered by a priest, or kohen


Question 9. Which of these is the most preferable form of contraception, according to rabbinic authorities?
 Birth control pill.


Question 10. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject