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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 Judaism's opinion on celibacy?
 It is endorsed.
 It is up to the individual.
 Celibacy is only for rabbis.
 It is prohibited.


Question 2. True or false: When the Torah forbids masturbation, it refers exclusively to males.


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


Question 4. According to the Torah, what is the punishment for men who have homosexual sex?
 Payment of a fine


Question 5. True or false: The Torah only permits sex for the purpose of procreation.


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


Question 10. 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