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Sunday, March 19 • 17:00 - 17:45
The Oy of Sex: Shomer Negi’ah and Jewish Sexual Ethics in the Millennial Age

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The halachic concept of shomer negi’ah, which restricts physical contact between unmarried males and females, may seem archaic in the Age of Tindr.  But chastity, it turns out, is making a comeback.  Studies show Millennials are having sex later and choosing fewer sexual partners than their predecessors.  This session will explore the concept of shomer negi’ah in contemporary culture, such as blogs, the Shomer Chronicles, and the hit Israeli sitcom “Srugim,” as well as in traditional sources like Maimonides and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. What would a more expansive understanding of sexuality look like in contemporary religious communities? In light of revaluing chastity in both secular and religious circles, there is a need to re-think what a Jewish sexual ethics might look like in the 21st century.

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Shari Golberg

Shari Golberg holds a PhD in Religion from UofT. Her academic work explores feminist approaches to Jewish and Islamic texts and contemporary text-based collaborations between Jewish and Muslim women. Shari also coordinates and facilitates Shema & Iqra': The Jewish-Muslim Text Project, a grassroots initiative which brings communities of Muslims and Jews together using classical religious texts as a springboard for dialogue to explore issues of... Read More →


Sunday March 19, 2017 17:00 - 17:45
E1 16th Floor

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