Sex Outside Marriage: Modern Rabbinic Views
A selection of statements from rabbis of various denominations.
The Purpose and Meaning of Sex in Judaism
Judaism approves of sex and sexual pleasure, valuing it as a means toward procreation and companionship.
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.
Different Perspectives on the Authorship of the Torah
Literary, historical, and theological perspectives on whether the Torah is divine, human, or something in between
The Parameters of Abortion in Judaism
Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.
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 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?