Sex, Drugs and Violence in the Jewish Tradition : Moral Perspectives
Violence, substance abuse, and sexual behavior present some of the most troubling and confusing issues in American society today. Many questions occupy our minds: Are violent acts ever acceptable? Should one be allowed to consume alcohol or tobacco? Is intercourse outside of marriage acceptable? Is birth control, within or without a relationship? Not surprisingly, there are no easy answers to these or other contentious social issues. Instead, individual opinions run the spectrum. And when one tries to introduce the relevance of religion to these issues, they can become even more complicated. Daniel Kohn, an experienced Rabbi and teacher, brings the voice of Judaism to these and many other 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 the reader a thoughtful insight 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 level of moral discourse.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 175 x 234 x 25mm | 499g
- 14 Sep 2004
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
Table of contents
Part 1 I Violence in the Jewish Tradition Chapter 2 Confronting Gossip Chapter 3 Rebuking Your Fellow Person Chapter 4 Dealing with Anger Chapter 5 Self-defense Chapter 6 War Chapter 7 Peace Part 8 II Drugs (Alcohol) in the Jewish Tradition Chapter 9 Wine in the Hebrew Bible Chapter 10 The Rabbis on Wine Chapter 11 The Lighter Side of Wine Chapter 12 The Problem with Purim Chapter 13 Caring for Our Bodies Part 14 III Sex in the Jewish Tradition Chapter 15 Morality and Sexuality Chapter 16 Holiness and Sexuality Chapter 17 Sex that Hurts or Destroys Chapter 18 Nonmarital Sex Chapter 19 Marital Sex
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. Jewish Book World
About Daniel B. Kohn
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.