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Category: Sex & Niddah

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on June 5, 2017

These sources accompany the eighth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   The Wedding Night   Biat Mitzvah – The First Act of Intercourse The Talmud nowhere states that the couple must have intercourse on the wedding night.  It does refer to the first act of intercourse as beilat mitzvah, “the (or Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the third episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Female Masturbation   The Mishna states that there is no problem with women manually stimulating their genitals. 1. Bavli, Niddah 13a מתני’. כל היד המרבה לבדוק, בנשים ־ משובחת, ובאנשים ־ תקצץ. גמ’. מ”ש נשים ומאי שנא אנשים? נשים לאו Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 23, 2017

These sources accompany the second episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Birkat Eirusin   1. Babylonian Talmud, Ketuvot 7b ברכת האירוסין מאי מברך? רבין בר רב אדא ורבה בר רב אדא, תרוייהו משמיה דרב יהודה אמרי: בא”י אמ”ה אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על העריות, ואסר לנו את הארוסות, והתיר לנו את Continue Reading »

Between the Ideal and the Real – Before and After the Wedding

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on March 8, 2017

This is a source sheet to accompany the panel that took place in Jerusalem on January 4, 2017 titled, “Between the Ideal and the Real: Challenges in Halacha and Sexuality Before and  After the Wedding.”   To listen to the audio from the panel, click on the following audio link:   It is Torah, and Continue Reading »

How a Baby Is Made

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 8, 2016

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How is a Baby Made?  More specifically, what determines the future characteristics of the child?  One answer emerges from the story of Yaakov’s breeding of the sheep, an answer that seems to be endorsed by the Talmud: a child’s character is shaped by what the mother and father were thinking and doing at the time Continue Reading »

Marital Sex: Halakhic and Ethical Parameters

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 28, 2016

Challenges of Intimacy in the Orthodox Community Today: Case Studies from the Field

by Dr. Michelle Friedman Posted on November 28, 2016

How Should We be Guiding Couples on Birth Control Issues?

by Rabbi Moshe Kahn Posted on November 28, 2016

“Climbing Up the Pomegranate Tree”: Using Talmudic Stories to Navigate Sexual Ethics

by Rabbi Mishael Zion Posted on November 28, 2016

Observant Married Jewish Women and Sexual Life: An Empirical Study

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on November 7, 2016

Observant Married Jewish Women and Sexual Life: An Empirical Study Michelle Friedman, Ellen Labinsky, Talli Y. Rosenbaum, James Schmeidler, and Rachel Yehuda   I. INTRODUCTION Taharat haMishpahah, literally, “family purity,” refers to the series of rabbinic laws and customs governing sexual behavior between husbands and wives. The laws of taharat haMishpahah need to be understood Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Season 2 Episode 1

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 7, 2016

These sources accompany the first episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   Sex Signals – The Wife Initiating Sex   1. Babylonian Talmud, Yevamot 62b אמר ריב”ל: כל היודע באשתו שהיא יראת שמים ואינו פוקדה – נקרא חוטא, שנאמר: וידעת כי שלום אהלך וגו’. ואמר ריב”ל: חייב אדם לפקוד את אשתו Continue Reading »

Joy of Text: Episode Six

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 24, 2016

These sources accompany the sixth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Pornography   Is Seminal Emission the Problem? Pornography is most commonly used as a means for masturbation.  As such, and when done by men, it is first and foremost – from a halakhic perspective – an issue of zera li’vatalah, the wasteful emission Continue Reading »