2000 Years of Jewish Debate on Love and Marital Intimacy with Noam Zion

Join Noam Zion for a mini-course on the Jewish debate on marital intimacy based on his new book, Sanctified Sex. It draws on two thousand years of rabbinic debates addressing competing aspirations for loving intimacy, passionate sexual union, and sanctity in marriage.

Feb 20: How the American sexual revolution of the ’60s challenged rabbis to rethink their attitudes to sex and reexamine ancient Jewish traditions.

Feb 27: Two new competing contemporary views of Jewish marriage: The patriarchal Hasidic marriage that lies behind movies like UnOrthodox versus the egalitarian and erotic partnership-marriage of Rabbi Rachel Adler and Liberal Judaism. ​

Mar 6: The Revolution in the Halakhic “Art of Loving.” A surprising trend in marital education in anti-Hasidic Ultra-Orthodoxy which partially overlaps with contemporary Western couple therapy: mandating couple communication, enhancing the sustainability of passionate love, and renewing.

Note: This study of rabbinic law is about the quality of committed love relationships, but does not address important issues of equality in marriage and divorce or LGBTQ concerns for gender justice that have been studied and addressed more effectively.

Click here to buy the book: https://jps.org/books/sanctified-sex/

Registration required here. Event is held on Zoom.


February 20
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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