• Jordan Rosenblum deposited The Night Rabbi Aqiba Slept With Two Women in the group Group logo of Rabbinic Literature and CultureRabbinic Literature and Culture on AJS Commons 2 years, 2 months ago

    In the rabbinic worldview, man goes through life surrounded by temptation. The world is a place where temptation lurks on every street corner, at every table, and at every moment. For the rabbis, Torah – both Written and Oral – is the solution to controlling the yeẓer (יצר), the inclination to act on one’s desires. The ability to control one’s yeẓer is essential for proper rabbinic comportment. Unfortunately for women, according to the rabbis, only men are capable of controlling their yeẓer. Given that only men could control their yeẓer, women often appear in rabbinic literature in the role of the temptress, seeking to seduce men into transgressing social, ethical, legal, and theological practices. All of this helps to explain how Rabbi Aqiba found himself in bed with two women.