Gender & Sexuality

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.

How Jewish LGBT Weddings May Improve Straight Ones

Heterosexual couples have much to learn from gay ones when it comes to designing their wedding ceremony.

Women in Ethiopian Society

Women in the Beta Israel in Ethiopian society are mainly domestic and have strict purity laws.

Shomer Negiah, the Prohibition on Touching

The term refers to someone who refrains from physical contact with members of the opposite sex.

Making Sex Holy

Jewish tradition embraces love and sex as part of the human drive for holiness.

Medieval Jewish Attitudes Toward Women

In the Middle Ages, a Jewish woman's social well-being was considered important, but her life was strictly guided by Jewish law.

Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies

Considering the role of gender in producing knowledge about Judaism.

Halakha and Feminism

Traditional Judaism can--and should--embrace feminism to allow for greater equality in Jewish religious life.

An Orange on the Seder Plate

This progressive Passover custom is surprisingly misunderstood.

Does Judaism Allow Birth Control?

The Jewish tradition encourages procreation, but some forms of contraception are less problematic than others.

Jews and Premarital Sex

The Torah doesn't explicitly outlaw sex before marriage, but it doesn't approve of it either.