Gender & Sexuality

Gender & Sexuality

Judaism and LGBTQ Issues: An Overview

Attitudes have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with sharp differences between the Orthodox and liberal movements.

Women & Feminism

Jewish Gender and Feminism 101

Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.

Sex and Sexuality 101

Judaism has an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward sex.

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.

Sex & Sexuality Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish perspectives on sex?

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.

Adapting the Sheva Brachot for Same-Sex Marriages

Tweaking the traditional rituals and blessings for LGBT wedding ceremonies.