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

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. 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

 

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

 

Question 6. Which personality in the Christian Bible is famous for using religious terms to espouse a negative attitude toward sex?
 Jesus
 John
 Paul
 Ringo

 

Question 7. What does semen affect, according to Maimonides?
 The entire body's strength.
 The light of one's eyes.
 Physical viability and decay.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 8. 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 9. True or false: It's possible to stop being a mamzer.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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