Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What can we tell about the author's attitude regarding homosexuality?
2. What can we tell about the community's attitude regarding homosexuality?
3. How is Shimon's being a young child significant?
4. Our contemporary understandings of childhood and sexuality makes such circumstances of sex with a minor much worse and certainly not better. This reading of sex with a boy under nine years old as not biblically prohibited is interpolated rabbinically. Rabbis situated biblical rulings in contexts that could limit the prohibition. What does the use of an "ukimta," a contextual limit of when and for whom or in what context, any biblical law is to be applied, offer us?