Today morning I was reading the newspaper, when a film review called The rabbi and his daughter caught my eyes. Eventually it turned out that it was reviewing a recent, not really kosher film. Putting aside these concerns, the relevant part of the plot is that a married woman meets her previous female lover, and engages in a relationship with her. Actually her marriage was an effort to overcome her attraction to other women.

There are debates, whether lesbian relationships are forbidden by the Torah or by rabbis (or forbidden at all), but I would like to know, whether such a woman is considered an adulterer and what are the halakhic consequences of her extra-marital relationship?

  • Check out Yevamot 76a – Double AA Apr 17 '18 at 11:44
  • Who says it's not forbidden at all? – robev Apr 17 '18 at 12:09
  • (Yebamoth 76a; Soncino) And even according to R. Eleazar, who stated that an unmarried man who cohabited with an unmarried woman with no matrimonial intention renders her thereby a harlot, this disqualification ensues only in the case of a man; but when it is that of a woman the action is regarded as mere obscenity. @DoubleAA – ezra Apr 17 '18 at 12:53
  • @DoubleAA That discusses, whether in general it is problematic or not. Doesn't it matter that one woman was married? – Kazi bácsi Apr 17 '18 at 13:10
  • @double it also discusses if she is invalid for a kohein. ezra didn't quote the relevant part – Double AA Apr 17 '18 at 13:13

The Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha'Ezer writes סימן כ' סעיף ב' "נשים המסוללות (פי' המשחקות ומתחככות) זו בזו, אסור, ממעשה ארץ מצרים (ויקרא יח, ג) שהוזהרנו עליו. וראוי להכותן מכת מרדות, הואיל ועשו איסור. ויש לאיש להקפיד על אשתו מדבר זה, ומונע הנשים הידועות בכך מלהכנס לה ומלצאת היא אליהן The Beis Shmuel there writes, that she does not become forbidden to her husband or to a cohen (as a זונה because of this).

In short: 1 - It is forbidden - even for a single girl - based on a pasuk. 2 - She deserves to be lashed [מכות מרדות which is not done now]. 3 - She should not associate with others who act that way. 4 - She is not forbidden to her husband, as an adulterer would be.

  • Yepp, it's quite the same that I linked from Mishneh Torah. I was hoping something more recent. Let's see if others add something more. – Kazi bácsi Apr 21 '18 at 21:03

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