Gender & Sexuality

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Sex and Sexuality 101

Judaism has an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward sex.

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Judaism and LGBTQ Issues: An Overview

Jewish attitudes about non-heterosexual identities have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with sharp differences between the Orthodox and liberal movements.

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Jewish Gender and Feminism 101

Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.

Where Childbirth Gets Short Shrift

Why is birth nestled between dietary restrictions and skin diseases?

Overview: Women in Traditional Jewish Sources

What the Bible, Talmud and other classic texts say about women and their roles.

Jewish Feminist Thought

Jewish feminist thought seeks to create theological narratives that merge Judaism with feminist values.

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Orthodox Judaism and LGBTQ Issues

Efforts to make the community more compassionate have stopped short of sanctioning gay relationships.

Jewish Gender & Feminism Quiz

How much do you know about gender issues in the Jewish past and present?

Hair Coverings for Married Women

Why most Orthodox women cover their hair, whether with wigs, hats or scarves.

Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies

Considering the role of gender in producing knowledge about Judaism.

Women in Rabbinic Literature

The rabbis of the Talmud designated specific female roles and activities, and were wary of women's nature, but they also tempered biblical laws that caused hardships for women.

Women in the Bible

In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times, as men's subordinates—or property.

Judaism and Sexuality

Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.

Judaism on Prostitution

Most traditional Jewish sources condemn trafficking and prostitution, but some of the messages are mixed.