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Heavenly Sex Sex and the Jewish Tradition by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Jonathan Mark

Heavenly Sex Sex and the Jewish Tradition



Heavenly Sex Sex and the Jewish Tradition by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Jonathan Mark

In this lighthearted, lively tour of sexuality within Jewish religion and culture, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer and Jonathan Mark team up to reveal how, contrary to popular wisdom, the Jewish tradition is much more progressive in many regards than one might think. Applying Dr. Ruth's unique brand of couples therapy to such Biblical relationships as those of Abraham and Sarah, and Joseph and Potiphar's wife, the authors enlist Biblical lore to cover such topics as surrogacy, incest, and arranged marriages. They offer a clearer understanding of the intertwining relationships among sexuality, spirituality, and sexual roles through a look at the latter books of the Bible--the Song of Songs, Ruth, Proverbs, Psalms, and some of the bawdier tales of the Prophets. One chapter provides a provocative metaphorical perspective on the Sabbath as a weekly revival, highlighting not only its spiritual but its marital and sexual aspects as well.


The argument that Judaism, as opposed to Christianity, celebrates sex as a divinely sanctioned act is presented in a relentlessly upbeat tone....Through this book, Dr. Ruth offers a sexual 'light unto the nations.

About the Author

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is the internationally renowned author of many books, including the paperback edition of Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition (Continuum, date TK), which Library Journal observed will be helpful and welcome to Jews and non-Jews alike. She is always on the go, making TV and radio appearances, as well as lecturing on college campuses. Dr. Ruth lives in New York City.

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Publication date

1st May 1996


Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Jonathan Mark

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


200 pages


Family & health
Gender studies, gender groups



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