Bernhard Rosenberg

Jewish Law puts up Fences

Rape is an act of violence and no woman is in any way responsible if she is raped. As a Rabbi, my opinions are based both upon the laws of our legal system and the ethical teachings of our Torah and Rabbis.

Jewish law recognizes the innate differences between men and women both physically and emotionally. Accordingly it states that men have certain physical urges and women should abide by certain rules in recognition of this fact and to preserve the sanctity of the relationship between men and women.

Women and girls should dress modestly, not have physical contact before marriage, and during marriage follow specific marital laws. From an early age Jewish girls and young women are taught to respect their bodies and the relationship they have with their future husbands.

Judaism recognizes the joy in a healthy marital sexual  relationship but puts fences around both men and women before and after marriage. These fences are a concrete reminder to both sexes to think before acting on any urges.

About the Author
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth-El, Edison, New Jersey received his ordination and doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University in New York. He also possesses A.A., B.A., M.A., and M.S. degrees in communication and education. He possesses a Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Yeshiva University in New York. His books include: “Theological and Halachic Reflections on the Holocaust,” “Contemplating the Holocaust,” “The Holocaust as Seen Through Film,” and "Echoes of the Holocaust."