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Sunday, August 11 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
“Women known for these acts” – lesbianism in Jewish law

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Location: Room 152
The prohibition in the book of Leviticus against male homosexuality is well-known, and it is often assumed that the same laws apply equally to women. However, female homosexuality is not even mentioned in the Torah, and while it is discussed in later rabbinic sources, it is treated quite differently. In this session, we will explore how lesbian sexual activity is viewed in halachah (Jewish law), and consider some radical changes happening in the contemporary Jewish world.

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Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →

Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT

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