"A Woman is Acquired": Slavery and Jewish Sexual Ethics

By Gail Labovitz

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 2008

The author provides examples illustrating that Jewish slaveholding laws are hardly only historical vestiges. She asserts that Rabbinic ideas about sexual ethics are deeply influenced by the lack of sexual agency that is typical for slaves and offers a brief analysis of this issue and its modern implications.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Slavery, Abuse, Jewish Text, Sexuality

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.653

Page Number(s): 9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Labovitz, Gail. "A Woman is Acquired": Slavery and Jewish Sexual Ethics. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). October 2008: 9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7120


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