Juvenile Sexuality, Kabbalah, and Catholic Reformation in Italy

Tiferet Bahurim by Pinhas Barukh ben Pelatiyah Monselice

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This book provides the first publication of the tract Tiferet Bahurim (The Glory of Youth) which was written in the mid-seventeenth century by R. Pinhas Barukh ben Pelatiyah Monselic in Ferrara, Italy. The tract was written as a guide for young men about to marry regarding their family life and their sexual deportment. By analyzing the Tiferet Bahurim Roni Weinstein addresses the following questions: What was the source of the growing interest in sexuality, and controlling juvenile sexuality? How is this tract related to centuries-old Jewish ethical literature, as well as literature in contemporary Catholic Italy? Is the Tiferet Bahurim part of the religious and cultural fermentation of the Counter-Reformation? Finally, did Jewish mysticism and pietism of Kabbalah tradition play a role in the composition of this tract?
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Biographical Note

Roni Weinstein received his Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was formerly a fellow at Villa I Tatti, and a research fellow at Pisa University. He has written about various aspects of Jewish Italian history and culture, including his book, Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews, (Brill, 2003).

Table of contents

Preface
Chapter One Tiferet Bahurim: A Reading Proposal
Chapter Two Tiferet Bahurim: Structure and Themes
Chapter Three Musar Literature: A Proposal for a Historical
Reading
Chapter Four The Originality of the Work
Chapter Five A Book of Advice and Sexual Morality
Chapter Six Continuity and Innovation in Tiferet Bahurim
Chapter Seven Suppressed Voices
Chapter Eight Tiferet Bahurim: Circles of Action
Chapter Nine Between Publication and Concealment
Chapter Ten The Catholic Circle between
Counter-Reformation and “Christian Civilization”
Chapter Eleven Halakhah vs. Kabbalah
Chapter Twelve Tiferet Bahurim as a Pietistic Work: Dealing
with Death
Chapter Thirteen Tiferet Bahurim: A Work on Household
Management
Chapter Fourteen Tiferet Bahurim: A Link in the Civilizing
Process
Chapter Fifteen The Preaching Section of Tiferet Bahurim
Chapter Sixteen A Testament to the Children
Chapter Seventeen Tiferet Bahurim: Summing Up
The Text of Tiferet Bahurim

Readership

All those interested in Italian history during the early modern period, Jewish-Italian history and culture, gender studies, cultural studies, and the history of sexuality and/or history of the body.

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