In this unique collection of essays, some of today's smartest
Jewish thinkers explore a broad range of fundamental questions in
an effort to balance ancient tradition and modern sexuality.
In the last few decades a number of factors--post-modernism,
feminism, queer liberation, and more--have brought discussion of
sexuality to the fore, and with it a whole new set of questions
that challenge time-honored traditions and ways of thinking. For
Jews of all backgrounds, this has often led to an unhappy standoff
between tradition and sexual empowerment.
Yet as The Passionate Torah illustrates, it is of critical
importance to see beyond this apparent conflict if Jews are to
embrace both their religious beliefs and their sexuality. With
incisive essays from contemporary rabbis, scholars, thinkers, and
writers, this collection not only surveys the challenges that
sexuality poses to Jewish belief, but also offers fresh new
perspectives and insights on the changing place of sexuality within
Jewish theology--and Jewish lives. Covering topics such as
monogamy, inter-faith relationships, reproductive technology,
homosexuality, and a host of other hot-button issues, these
writings consider how contemporary Jews can engage themselves,
their loved ones, and their tradition in a way that's both sexy and
Seeking to deepen the Jewish conversation about sexuality, The
Passionate Torah brings together brilliant thinkers in an attempt
to bridge the gap between the sacred and the sexual.
Contributors: Rebecca Alpert, Wendy Love Anderson, Judith R.
Baskin, Aryeh Cohen, Elliot Dorff, Esther Fuchs, Bonna Haberman,
Elliot Kukla, Gail Labovitz, Malka Landau, Sarra Lev, Laura Levitt,
Sara Meirowitz, Jay Michaelson, Haviva Ner-David, Danya Ruttenberg,
Naomi Seidman, and Arthur Waskow.
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