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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: Some Orthodox rabbis call for new interpretations of Jewish law to allow for more widespread acceptance of gay Jews.


Question 2. 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 3. True or false: It's possible to stop being a mamzer.


Question 4. Which of the following statements is true, according to the Talmud?
 Sexual pleasure is a husband's right and a wife’s obligation
 Sexual pleasure is a wife’s right and a husband’s obligation
 Sexual pleasure is equally the obligation of all involved parties
 The Talmud never directly addresses the issue of sexual pleasure


Question 5. 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


Question 6. Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow, a Jewish Renewal rabbi, writes that marriage patterns are changing and therefore
 The Jewish notion of marriage should be abolished
 Jews should continue to preserve the status quo of rigid marriages
 Jews could institute a new version of non-monogamous and non-permanent "concubine" relationships
 Judaism should embrace free love without boundaries


Question 7. 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 8. True or false: The Bible explicitly prohibits lesbianism.


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