Women's Voices, Men's Laws: The Halakhic Process and Three Women's Accounts of Rape

Justin Jaron Lewis

Abstract


In cases of rape, one might expect the rabbis to punish the transgressors, even if they could not be convicted under the stringent Talmudic rules of evidence. However, in the responsa on three late 18th century women the issue of punishment does not arise. Moreover, the halakhic process, in these cases, has proven capable only of solving problems of its own creation and incapable of listening to women or answering their calls for help.

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