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The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism

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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
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by New York University Press (first published 2009)
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Wendy
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Well, I'm reviewing this book for Bitch, so I can't say all that much. While I liked some of the essays, particularly the ones in the final secion that incorporated a lot more queer stuff, I wasn't overly enthused about the anthology as a whole.

There's a piece by a conservative rabbi arguing that straight Jewish couples should start having more children at younger ages to help combat the so-called “demographic crisis.” What? And there's lots of reclaiming of traditions like not having marital s
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Dennis Fischman
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Like many anthologies, this one is a mixed bag. Some of the essays are clearly for an academic audience, some for readers already immersed in Talmudic thinking, and only a few for the general Jewish reader. Some are dry. Some are polemics. Others are truly inspirational. Like the Torah itself, most of the essays presume heterosexuality, and almost none deal with lesbians, but one piece on the androgynous person was a revelation to me.

I finished the book thinking, “Most of the research and analys
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Jessi
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much from reading this. Forever indebted to Danya for what she has done for the Jewish community through this book and Twitter
Sarah
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexuality, judaism
Almost every essay in this anthology blew my mind! While I found a few of them to be so overly-academic that they became dense, the vast majority were not only extremely readable, but intelligent, thought-provoking, innovative takes on issues related to sex & Judaism. An AMAZING collection from some of the foremost thinkers on a truly modern take at one of the oldest religions.
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