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#MeToo in the Bible and Talmud

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.


Traditional Jewish texts address sexual assault in surprising ways. In the Talmud, the rabbis and commentators recast the Biblical definition of rape so that it hinges exclusively on the woman’s subjective experience of the assault. The authors go beyond a contemporary reader’s expectations by also identifying non-consensual marital sex as rape. In this program, Rachel Biale will lead an exploration of some of the earliest texts in traditional Jewish literature on these important topics.

Rachel Biale grew up in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She earned a BA and MA in Jewish history at UCLA and an MSW at Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law, several children’s books, and two forthcoming books: What Now? 2-Minute Tips for Solving Common Parenting Challenges, and a memoir, Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood. A clinical social worker, Rachel Biale has had a parenting counseling practice for more than thirty years.