My Jewish Learning

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 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 2. 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 3. Which of the following is not a byproduct of excessive sexual activity, according to Maimonides in the Mishneh Torah?
 A man's strength fails
 A foul odor proceeds from his mouth and armpits
 A man becomes prematurely aged
 A man's teeth wither and corrode

 

Question 4. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 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. 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 8. Does Jewish law recognize a distinction between male and female masturbation?
 Yes
 No

 

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

 

Question 10. True or false: Because it is a mitzvah to procreate, Jewish law never permits the use of birth control.
 True
 False