Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Sex and Intimacy

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In the newest addition to the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series, co-editors Elliot Dorff and Danya Ruttenberg have brought together a diverse group of Jews to comment on how Judaism affects their views and actions regarding sex. Contributors range from adult movie actor Ron Jeremy, to renowned feminist scholar Martha Ackelsberg, to noted writer and blogger Esther Kustanowitz, as well as rabbis, doctors, social workers, and activists. They discuss issues of monogamy, honesty, and communication in dating and ...
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Overview

In the newest addition to the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series, co-editors Elliot Dorff and Danya Ruttenberg have brought together a diverse group of Jews to comment on how Judaism affects their views and actions regarding sex. Contributors range from adult movie actor Ron Jeremy, to renowned feminist scholar Martha Ackelsberg, to noted writer and blogger Esther Kustanowitz, as well as rabbis, doctors, social workers, and activists. They discuss issues of monogamy, honesty, and communication in dating and marriage; testing for and disclosure of STDs; abortion, sex education, sex work, and sexuality. Each volume in this series presents hypothetical cases on specific topics, followed by traditional and contemporary sources. Supplementing these are brief essays, written by contributors of various ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints to provoke lively thought and discussion. These voices from Jewish tradition and today’s Jewish community present us with new questions and perspectives, encouraging us to consider our own moral choices in a new light.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Notable Jewish names in sexuality, religion, and medicine tackle, with remarkable frankness but without novelty, questions of morality and propriety surrounding dating, sexual behavior, and pornography in this academic volume. Four case studies present couples struggling with sexual issues of ambiguous morality. The relevant biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary sources follow, including conservative and reform outlooks and the opinions of such pop culture Jewish figures as Shmuley Boteach and Ruth K. Westheimer. Offering the full gamut of perspectives, from adult entertainment mogul Ron Jeremy to orthodox rabbi Mark Dratch - and covering a broad spectrum of subjects (sex work, ménage à trois, etc.) - the compilation provides many useful recommendations. But some of them seem self-evident: AIDS doctor Jeffrey Burack pleads for full and early disclosure of STDs to prospective partners, and Hanne Blank cautions against prostitution. Despite the fascination often associated with sex, this volume is somewhat dry and predictable. Nevertheless, the contributors do offer meaningful suggestions for honesty and emotional involvement on a subject matter that they believe contemporary society regards as taboo and impersonal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827609051
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Series: Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Case 1 Dating Ethics

Case Study 3

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 4

Contemporary Sources Steven Edeldman-Blank 6

Responses: Seeing Each Other and Seeing Ourselves: Jewish Ethical Dating in the Modern Age Esther D. Kustanowitz 9

Doing What Is Right and Good Uzi Weingarten 16

Sex, Truth, and Ethical Communication S. Bear Bergman 23

Holy Uncertainty: Judaism and Dating Scott Perlo 28

Case 2 Sexual Consequences

Case Study 37

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 38s

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 40

Responses: Building a Framework for Sexual Decision Making Gloria Feldt 46

Making Meaning and Finding Morality in a Sexualized World Deborah M.Roffman 53

Protect and Respect Jeffrey Burack 61

Case 3 Sex Work and Pornography

Case Study 75

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 76

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 78

Responses: The Realities and Ethics of Sex Work: An Interview with Ron Jeremy Ellion N. Dorff 82

The Sex of Work, The Work of Sex Hanne Blank 91

Deconstructing the Commercial Sex Trade Industry Rachel Durchslag 98

Sex Work: Whose Choice? Martha Ackelsberg 105

Case 4 Sexual Negotiation

Case Study 113

Traditional Sources Uzi Weingarten 114

Contemporary Sources Steven Edelman-Blank 117

Responses: Negotiating Orgasm: Spirituality and the Sexual Experience Gabriel Blau 121

Sex in the Structure of the Brain and the Bible Ron Levine 127

A Bit of Heaven Here on Earth Mark Dratch 133

Conclusion: The Ethics of Sex 141

Suggestions for Further Reading 145

Editors and Contributors 147

Index 152

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