Toward an Halakhic Model of Diversity in Sexualities

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Sexuality in the Jewish community is a complex and often controversial topic. In the 21st century, an era of continual diversitifcation, how does the Jewish community and tradition approach conversations about sexuality? In this talk, Ethan Tucker discusses current paradigms on sexuality in the Jewish world and then looks at the Halakha to uncover the tradition's model. Though Tucker is not attempting to draw conclusions, by exploring Jewish texts that deal with "societal strays," talmudic archetypes of those who are wired differently, he hopes to create a broader, more productive, frame of talking about people who don't fit the traditional mold.