Coffee with the Cantor

September 20, 2022    
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Esther’s Contraceptives – Jewish Views on Reproductive Health 

Did Queen Esther and the Shulamite maiden of Song of Songs utilize birth control?  What are rabbinic attitudes toward women’s reproductive health? What is a normative Jewish stance on abortion? How does this stance come into conflict with recent Supreme Court decision? The answers may surprise you.  Join Cantor Michael McCloskey as we explore texts (biblical, classical rabbinic, medieval, and modern that explore the sometimes conflicting intersection of procreation and eros and affirmation of life and personal autonomy.  Our text study will be enriched with various media (film, music, podcast, etc.) for an experiential perspective.


Tuesdays September 6th, 13th, and 20th at 8:30am