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Title: Juvenile Sexuality, Kabbalah, and Catholic Reformation in Italy: Tiferet Bahurim by Pinhas Barukh ben Pelatiyah Monselice
Author: Weinstein, Roni
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004167575
Volumes: 1; Pages: 395
List Price in Cloth: $185.00 Our price: $157.50
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This book provides the first publication of the tract Tiferet Bachurim (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 Bachurim 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 Bachurim part of the religious and cultural fermentation of the Counter-reformation? Finally, in what way does Jewish mysticism and pietism of Kabbalah tradition play a central role in the composition of this tract.