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

 

Question 3. 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 4. True or false: Some Orthodox rabbis call for new interpretations of Jewish law to allow for more widespread acceptance of gay Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is the literal translation for the Hebrew phrase that means "sexual offenses"?
 The "uncovering of nakedness."
 The "disclosing of truths."
 The "openness of desires."
 The "quenching of thirsts."
 None of the above.

 

Question 7. Which Torah passage is read on the afternoon of Yom Kippur?
 The story of Adam and Eve.
 The passage forbidding homosexuality and various sexual sins.
 Abraham circumcising Isaac.
 The metaphorical "birth" of the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments.

 

Question 8. True or false: Married couples are especially encouraged to have sex on the night the woman returns from the mikveh, and on Friday nights.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Does the Bible explicitly forbid homosexuality?
 Yes
 No
 No, but it does forbid male homosexual sex
 It never overtly references the subject

 

Question 10. What is the word for marriage in the Talmud?
 Aliyah, or ascension
 Musaf, or addition
 Kiddushin, or holiness
 Yair, or enlightenment