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Between Publication And Concealment

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All signs point to Tiferet Bahurim as an autograph manuscript corrected by its author. This chapter considers how disclosure and concealment interact in the discussion of sexual matters. Tiferet Bahurim is a work that exposes the sexual realm, the religious/ behavioral consciousness that accompanies it, and its connection to other important areas, such as family patterns, relationships between men and women, discipline enforcement on the young (bahurim), and the refinement of physical needs. Tiferet Bahurim was found to mediate between two trends or two cultural circles that, although coexisting, are in tension and opposition. Confession and exposure in the sexual realm are a step in a complex and convoluted path, which was not free of the contradiction between the desire to expose truth fully and the need for discretion and for the use of euphemistic, allusive language.

Keywords: allusive language; sexual realm; Tiferet Bahurim



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