Monday, May 04, 2009

Kedoshim: A reflection of its era

Notice that, in Leviticus, chapter 20, verses 10-21, almost every verse except for verse 16 begins with the word "v'ish, and a man . . . " Judging by this, my own personal impression is that women, while held accountable for participating in forbidden sex acts, may not have had much opportunity to initiate sex acts, or, at least, that appears to be the assumption of the Writer/writer(s).


Blogger Tevel said...

The reflection of its era might simply be on linguistic construction rather than on sociological fact. =D Negative, non-time-bound mitzvot apply to all people, don't they?

Tue May 05, 10:00:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

True, but it wouldn't have been the first time that the Torah specified that a law or laws applied equally to "ish v'isha, a man or a woman," and I find it interesting that the Author/author(s) didn't seem to think that that was necessary in this case.

Tue May 05, 10:37:00 AM 2009  

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