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Horodeckyand the Maid of LudmirTradition," Honourof ChimenAbranmsky ed. Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven J. Zipperstein(London, 1988), pp. 495-525. Still moreparadoxically,we find on the thresholdof modernityone of the most widespreadmovementsof sexualasceticismin Jewishhistory"(p. 21). 45. Biale, "Ejaculatory Prayer,p. 24. 18 JUDITHR. The pietist'sdesirefor separationfromthe corruptionof the material world,and his wish to displacethe pleasuresof humansexualitythroughhis devotion to the divine, is built, in part,upon the objectificationof women.

14. 16 JUDITHR. The rulersaid to his servant,"Takea largesumof moneyandhireall theprostitutes because tomorrowpeople will come to the fair. He broughtthe prostitutesto a house and guardedthem there. When the fair was over, he broughtthem back to town. And how muchmore so shoulda Jew,who mustkeep his distancefromthose who sin! ThereforeGod commanded:"Thereshallbe no harlotof the daughtersof Israel"(Deut. 23:18). And it is written,"Visityourneighborsparingly"(Prov 25:17). 42 On one level, this story reads as a wistful pietist's meditation on contructing barriers against a complex urban phenomenon which affected his community: if only prostitutes were not driven by financial necessity to entice susceptible men into illicit sexual behavior, a major cause of sin would be eliminated.

24. 18 JUDITHR. The pietist'sdesirefor separationfromthe corruptionof the material world,and his wish to displacethe pleasuresof humansexualitythroughhis devotion to the divine, is built, in part,upon the objectificationof women. That such spiritualoptions were simply not availableor even imaginedfor Jewishwomen is, perhaps,the otherside of the coin. Consideringgender as a category of analysis demonstratesthat the German-Jewishpietists go beyond rabbinicJudaismin theirobjectification of women, both in their efforts to limit illicit sexual behaviorand because of theirwish to elevate passion for the divine over the pleasuresof human love.

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