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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. Does the Conservative movement approve of gay marriage?
 The movement has chosen to ignore the issue
 Conservative rabbis have ratified both positive and negative positions on the issue


Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. Which of these is the most preferable form of contraception, according to rabbinic authorities?
 Birth control pill.


Question 6. In 1977, which Jewish movement drafted a call to decriminalize homosexual sex and end all discrimination based on sexual orientation?


Question 7. What does the Sefer Hahinuch compare homosexuality to?
 Sexual congress with animals.
 Marrying a barren woman.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


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


Question 9. 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 10. Which of the following is a recipe in the Talmud for female oral contraception?
 Swizzle sticks
 A potion called the "cup of roots"
 The bark of an evergreen tree
 The placenta of a black cat