Sex, Drugs and Violence in the Jewish Tradition: Moral Perspectives

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Daniel B. Kohn, a long-time rabbi and teacher, brings the voice of Judaism to many moral questions. Through insights gleaned from the Tanakh, the Talmud, and the four-thousand-year-old Jewish tradition, Sex, Drugs, and Violence in the Jewish Tradition provides readers with thoughtful insights into how one of the world's oldest religions can answer some of our most current questions. Far from a book of prescriptive instruction, Sex, Drugs, and Violence in the Jewish Tradition elevates current debates on these issues to a higher moral level.
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Jewish Book World
Daniel Kohn, a Conservative rabbi and Jewish educator, has compiled relevant Jewish texts from the Bible, the Talmud, and the rabbinic commentaries that address them. He begins with gossip and proceeds to anger, self-defense, war and peace. He also examines substance abuse and sexuality. In all cases, he notes that Jewish tradition is not monolithic and that the texts are always open to interpretation. His discussions of drugs and sexuality are limited to wine and heterosexual relationship respectively. This is an excellent source for beginning discussions on these topics for both teens and adults. The book will be useful for parents, teachers, and young adults, and belongs in school and synagogue libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765761804
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2004
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Daniel Kohn is the senior community educator for Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. He is the author of hundreds of articles for print media and web zines, the book Practical Pedagogy for the Jewish Classroom, and a contributor to the anthology Radical Spirit: Spiritual Writings from the Voices of Tomorrow. Rabbi Kohn lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Violence in the Jewish tradition
1 Confronting gossip 3
2 Rebuking your fellow person 19
3 Dealing with anger 39
4 Self-defense 53
5 War 71
6 Peace 83
Pt. II Drugs (alcohol) in the Jewish tradition
7 Wine in the Hebrew Bible 95
8 The rabbis on wine 107
9 The lighter side of wine 121
10 The problem with Purim 129
11 Caring for our bodies 139
Pt. III Sex in the Jewish tradition
12 Morality and sexuality 147
13 Holiness and sexuality 161
14 Sex that hurts or destroys 173
15 Nonmarital sex 187
16 Marital sex 199
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