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Yosef Ahituv

Yosef (Yoske) Ahituv, who teaches Judaic studies at Yeshivat Kibbutz HaDati and the Ya’akov Herzog Center at Ein Zurim, was formerly principal of the Kibbutz HaDati High School. In his research he examines mythic and other perspectives on the nature of woman and the significance of sexuality in rabbinic literature. He is author of On the Frontier of Change: The Meaning of Judaism in Modern Times and has also published several journal articles on the subject of change and development in religious Zionism.

Articles by this author

Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature

Though it is not mentioned in the Bible, modesty (zeni'ut) has become a significant part of modern halakhah, especially in the realm of sexuality. For women, sexual modesty means covering up their bodies. For both men and women, modesty also entails certain behavioral rules. These modesty rules ensure that sex happens in a way that is deemed proper, in the right time and place.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yosef Ahituv." (Viewed on May 28, 2023) <>.


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