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Continuity And Innovation In Tiferet Bahurim

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Tiferet Bahurim makes the "sexual theme" its central topic, purports to address a broader circle through its distribution in print, defines a target audience of young men, and finally, contributes to re-shaping marriage rituals according to new norms. This chapter considers several key characteristics of eros relevant to the study of Tiferet Bahurim. More significant for Jewish life in the Middle Ages and in the early modern period was the interpretation of the biblical legacy through the perspective of the rabbis and their great works, mainly the Babylonian Talmud and, secondarily, the Palestinian Talmud and Midrash literature. The Musar literature concerned with the strengthening and internalization of behavioral norms among broad sections of the Jewish population was but a limited component in the discourse on sexual behavior.

Keywords: Jewish life; Middle Ages; Musar literature; sexual passion; Tiferet Bahurim



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