Textual Intercourse: What Sex Can Teach Us About Contemporary Problems and Rabbinic Texts

Rebecca Epstein-Levi

This lecture aims to address two problems: first, that modern Jewish ethics has tended to assume a simple one-to-one correspondence between the subject matter of rabbinic texts and the contemporary problems it wishes to address, and, second, that modern thinkers more generally have tended to treat sex as a suiĀ generis phenomenon, a singular category of behavior that requires a correspondingly singular mode of analysis.

This talk is cosponsored by the Program in Religious Studies and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.