Marginal Discourse: Lesbianism in Jewish Law

Reena Zeidman

Abstract


Recent theory has argued that lesbianism poses a fundamental challenge to Jewish tradition, as it must contend not only with anti-gay prohibitions but also with gender inequality. The author examines the approach (or non-approach) of the Bible and halakhic sources to lesbianism. She concludes that lesbianism has been primarily relevant in halakha as a threat to heterosexual marriage, and confirms the need for alternate approaches to the texts to ensure that lesbianism is treated as significant in its own right.

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