Gender & Sexuality

Jewish and GLBT – the borders are shifting

Last Shabbat, the guest speaker at my congregation, B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, was Rabbi Andrea Myers, author of a ...

Women in Holocaust Literature: Central Themes

Gender and sexuality are motifs for women Holocaust writers.

History of Jewish Lesbianism

A chronological outline of Jewish views of lesbianism from biblical to modern times.

A Detailed Explanation of Niddah, or “Family Purity” Laws

How traditional Jewish women prepare for monthly mikveh use.

What Is A Mamzer?

Jewish children born from forbidden sexual relations pose ethical and communal challenges.

Why Celibacy Is Not a Jewish Value

This practice is rare in Judaism and goes against the commandment to procreate.

Conservative Halakhah and Homosexuality

An insider's view of the 2006 CJLS gay vote.

Reshaping Jewish Memory

In the Torah, women are absent at the covenantal moment; to make up for this, Jewish history must be reconstructed.

Engendering Judaism

Because the evolution of Judaism is affected by social conditions, it can be actively developed to be gender sensitive.

What Jewish Women’s Lives Were Like in the Muslim World

Part II: More Marriage, Divorce, Work and Education