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Film screening of documentary ‘Sacred Sperm’

26 Jun 2017

Documentary explores one of the biggest taboos in Judaism followed by Q&A

The Centre for Jewish Studies is sponsoring a screening of ‘Sacred Sperm’, documentary exploring one of the biggest taboos in Judaism, on Wednesday, 5 July at 8.20pm at Home, Manchester.

The screening of the 2014 film directed by Ori Gruder is followed by a Q&A session with Professor Philip Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature at the University, and Dr Alana Vincent, of the University of Chester.

The sensitive and deeply complex documentary offers daring exposure of the way parents and rabbis within the Orthodox Jewish community educate their male children to avoid spilling their sperm. Throughout the film, the director seeks a proper way to explain to his teenage son why he should keep this commandment perceived by many as unreasonable and even impossible to fulfill.

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