Introduction to Jewish Sexual Ethics


Feminist Jews have been at the forefront of revitalizing the Jewish community by rethinking Jewish sexual ethics. Some have sought to reinterpret the foundational texts of Judaism (the Bible, the Mishnah and the Talmud); some have proposed changes in Jewish law; and others are working to create a feminist Judaism that is not based on Jewish law.

Here, you can learn about the ancient rabbinic texts on which many Jews base their lives today through essays on: rabbinic laws that regulate gender segregation, rabbinic thinking on female homoeroticism, and rabbinic thinking on same-sex marriage. See sources on a range of Jewish views concerning slavery. Our literature reviews, bibliographies and links to feminist Jewish websites give you an overview of the range of issues that Jewish feminists are addressing.