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Tiferet Bahurim: Summing Up

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The literary genre is important to the mode of the document's creation, its preservation, the extent of its diffusion in its era, and eventually the mode of its reading by historians. The civilizing process, had immediate implications for family life and for conjugal relations, including sexual behavior and the process of preparation for family life. The degree of change that Kabbalah introduced into "sexual" behavior can be measured in the gap between two works dealing with the erotic behavior of young people before or toward marriage: Tsahut Bedihuta de-Kiddushin and Tiferet Bahurim. The new patterns derive from the kabbalistic conceptual world and from the trend toward the sanctification of increasingly larger sections of private life. Addressing the young and their needs is one component in the widening of social control and social discipline in the Italian Jewish context.

Keywords: Italian Jewish society; Kabbalah; Tiferet Bahurim

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