ONLINEThe World Split Open: Redefining Sexual Harm in Halakhah

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The poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, “If one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open.”

The great task of our generation is to redefine man-made law to acknowledge what women and other genders experience as sexual harm. In the halakhic system, until very recently, androcentric legal authorities have had a monopoly on articulating, adjudicating and expanding law, including defining what constitutes sexual transgression.

But God’s justice should protect all equally. How would halakhah change if women and other genders transformed it to define sexual harm as they experience it and held perpetrators accountable?

Join us for the Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture with Rachel Adler, David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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