Juvenile Sexuality, Kabbalah, and Catholic Reformation in by Weinstein

By Weinstein

This publication offers the 1st e-book of the tract Tiferet Bahurim (The Glory of Youth) which was once written within the mid-seventeenth century via R. Pinhas Barukh ben Pelatiyah Monselic in Ferrara, Italy. The tract was once written as a advisor for younger males approximately to marry relating to their relatives lifestyles and their sexual deportment. by means of examining the Tiferet Bahurim Roni Weinstein addresses the next questions: What used to be the resource of the transforming into curiosity in sexuality, and controlling juvenile sexuality? How is that this tract on the topic of centuries-old Jewish moral literature, in addition to literature in modern Catholic Italy? Is the Tiferet Bahurim a part of the non secular and cultural fermentation of the Counter-Reformation? ultimately, did Jewish mysticism and pietism of Kabbalah culture play a job within the composition of this tract?

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These statements translate into practical instructions, such as a ban on wasting his seed, a ban on marriage to a minor who is not yet mature to have children, or to an old or barren woman, an instruction to beware of willingly causing an erection and of entertaining evil thoughts. The immediate danger is that the spirits of she-devils will become pregnant from this seed. The chapter ends in a strong polemical note against the offense of masturbation—whoever does so delivers his children [ born to him on another occasion] to demonic forces, resembles an animal, and has no share in the world to come.

See Albano Biondi, “Inquisitione ed Ebrei a Modena nel Seicento,” in Vita e cultura ebraica nello stato Estense, ed. Eurido Fregni, Mauro Perani (Nonatola: Comune di Nonatola, 1993), 259–273, under Contra gli abusi del conversare de Christiani con Ebrei [against breaches of the law on social closeness between Christians and Jews]. 58 Mantova, Biblioteca Comunale, Ms. Ebraico 88 (IMHM # 874), no pagination: “A rumor spread about a woman who lived in Ferrara with her son claiming they dealt in witchcraft, and many men and women in the community believed this because many Jewish children had died a sudden, painful, and unnatural death.

The author’s reaction to this world is a significant factor—does he feel comfortable with it, does he copy or endorse concrete models, or does he compete with the non-Jewish society? The attempt to shape the behavior of the Jewish collective through association with models and with a cultural heritage turns Musar literature into an additional instance of the knowledgepower nexus of Michel Foucault. Every book from the realm of ethics and praxis, then, should be read beside other social practices seeking to shape the behavior of individuals and communities, such as political views, medicine, direct violence, community ordinances, economic patterns.

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