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The Purpose and Meaning of Sex in Judaism

Judaism approves of sex and sexual pleasure, valuing it as a means toward procreation and companionship.

Sex Outside Marriage: Modern Rabbinic Views

A selection of statements from rabbis of various denominations.

Some Meanings of Brit Milah

The message to the one who is circumcised: The covenant involves pain and sacrifice as well as honor and sanctity. And it is part of who you are, branded into your flesh at birth.

A Historical View of Pidyon HaBen

From biblical to contemporary times, how Jews have practiced this ceremony of redemption of the first-born.

Jews and Non-Jews: Interfaith Relations

Interfaith relationships between Jews and non-Jews is a hard-hitting issue that affects the entire Jewish world.

Intention & Liturgical Change

Liturgy, Tradition, and Change

Different Perspectives on the Authorship of the Torah

Literary, historical, and theological perspectives on whether the Torah is divine, human, or something in between

Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering in Judaism

Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.

The Parameters of Abortion in Judaism

Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.

The Beginning of Life in Judaism

According to Jewish law, human life begins at birth, not conception.

Halakhic Questions about Organ Transplants

What are the Jewish legal issues with organ transplantation?

Contemporary Issues in Lifecycle Ritual

Contemporary feminism has been, arguably, the primary influence upon the recent flourishing of new rituals and the transformation of older ones. On the other hand, for traditionalist Jews, the development of new approaches to ritual can be highly problema