Resources – Vol 3, Issue 4

614 eZine Resources

BELOW IS A SAMPLING OF RESOURCES THAT PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON JEWS AND SOME OF OUR ATTITUDES AND LAWS ABOUT SEX.

What Jewish law has to say about sex…

Judaism 101: Kosher Sex

My Jewish Learning, Overview: Judaism and Sexuality

Many Waters: Women’s reflections on mikveh and taharat hamishpacha

My Jewish Learning: Sex and Sexuality

Jewish Sexuality, Torah, Kabbalah, and Sex

A few more books we like on the topic:

Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition by Ruth K. Westheimer (Continuum International Publishing Group, 1996). The authors interpret various stories and help readers understand the significance of each.

Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex by Melvin Jules Bukiet (Broadway, 1st Broadw edition, 2000). Twenty-seven stories by accomplished writers delve into a range of erotic, disturbing, and poignant narratives, including classic coming-of-age tales, unconventional fantasies, and painful stories of erotic substitutions.

Brought to you by the HBI, publisher of 614:

“Being a Woman is Different Here”: Changing Attitudes towards Femininity, Sexuality, and Gender Roles among Former Soviet Immigrant Women in the U.S. by Larissa Remennick, PhD, HBI Scholar-in-Residence (Working Paper Series, 2005)

“A Love Surpassing Women: The Homme-eroticism of Torah Study” (HBI-hosted lecture, Sunday, April 26, 2009)

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute hosted philosopher and historian Daniel Boyarin at the Brandeis University campus for an evening of discussion on gender and Jewish thought. In his lecture, “A Love Surpassing Women: The Homme-eroticism of Torah Study,” Boyarin explained the tension between male-male friendship (havruta) and female-male relationships among Jews. This division began in ancient Greece and persisted for several centuries. Rabbinic Judaism, with its emphasis on the distinction between the responsibilities of Jewish men and women, is a direct response to this social division. Find out more at http://www.brandeis.edu/hbi/.

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