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About Rabbi Dov Linzer

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and holds the Norman and Tova Bulow Rosh HaYeshiva Chair. He is the primary architect of YCT's groundbreaking curriculum of Torah, Halakha, pastoral counseling and professional training. He teaches regular classes in advanced Talmud, advanced Halakha and the thought of Modern Orthodoxy, and serves as a religious guide to the yeshiva’s 34 rabbinical students and its  100 + rabbis currently serving in the field. Rabbi Linzer has been a leading rabbinic voice in the Modern Orthodox community for over 20 years, and teaches a Daf Yomi shiur which is available on Youtube and iTunes. He publishes regular teshuvot on a wide variety of topics, and is the co-host of the highly popular Joy of Text podcast.

Written by Rabbi Dov Linzer

Fantasy, Concealing Abuse, Kama Sutra cards and vibrators- Joy of Text 1:1

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

Our first episode! We talk about fantasy: is there such thing as a “normal” fantasy? What’s the history of fantasizing in Judaism? What does Jewish law have to say about it? We also interviewed Michael Lesher about his new book on covering up sexual abuse in Orthodox communities.…

Hiding Under the Bed- Joy of Text 1:8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) eight episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Hiding Under the Bed Babylonian Talmud Hagigah (5b)   |    (:תלמוד בבלי מסכת חגיגה (ה אמר רב: אפילו שיחה יתירה שבין איש לאשתו מגידים לו לאדם בשעת מיתה.…

How to Conceive a Baby Boy- Joy of Text 1:10

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) tenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   How to Conceive a Baby Boy Babylonian Talmud, Niddah 31a   |    (.בבלי, נדה דף (לא אמר רבי יצחק אמר רבי אמי: אשה מזרעת תחילה – יולדת זכר, איש מזריע תחילה – יולדת נקבה, שנאמר +ויקרא י”ב+ אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר.…

They Become One Flesh: Joy of Text 1:12

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the (mini) twelfth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   They Become One Flesh 1. Breishit 2:24    |    בראשית ב’:כ”ד עַל כֵּן יַעֲזָב אִישׁ אֶת אָבִיו וְאֶת אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.…

Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common- Joy of Text 1:14

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

What is the real obligation of sex between a husband and wife? These sources accompany the (mini) fourteenth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.   Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common A Letter from the Steipler (Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky 1899-1985)  |    מכתב מהסטייפלר Translated by Rabbi Dov Linzer ב.…

Male Masturbation & How to Stop Shul Sexual Abuse Before It Starts- Joy of Text 1:9

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

These sources accompany the ninth episode of the Joy of Text podcast. In this episode: Male Masturbation Yichud for Gay Men and Women   Male Masturbation Sources and Reasons The most often cited source for the prohibition (or condemnation) of masturbation is the story of Er and Onan (hence the word “onanism”).…

What in the World is a Virgin?- Joy of Text 1:4

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

Our hosts talk about the meaning of “virginity” in medicine and Jewish law. Then they talk with Dr. Joel Hecker about sexuality and Jewish mysticism. In the Q&A: What happens when the rules about physical intimacy clash with a mother’s postpartum depression?…

The Pornography Episode- Joy of Text 1:6

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

In this episode: Can pornography have a place in an observant Jewish life? Plus, a principal talks about his school’s approach to sex ed, and a question about revealing one’s past sexual history. These sources accompany the sixth episode of the Joy of Text podcast.…

The Sex Signals Episode- Joy of Text 2:1

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

How can you use your flower arrangements to signal to your partner that you want sex? How does the commandment oftzniut affect women’s sexuality? What sex positions are halakhically permissible? Learn the answers to these questions and more on the first episode of Season Twoof The Joy of Text!…

Birkat Erusin- Joy of Text 2:2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

What are the words of the first blessing said under the huppah? Why do we open the wedding ceremony by mentioning the prohibition against arayot? How does this blessing reflect the bond being formed between two individuals under the huppah? Listen to this mini text episode to find out!…

The Childbirth Episode- Joy of Text: 2:3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

In this episode of The Joy of Text we will discuss the laws of touch during a natural birth, and we will be joined by Gila Block, founder of Yesh Tikvah, to discuss infertility issues in Orthodox communities. We will ask: Can a husband touch his wife while she is in labor?…

The Wedding Night- Joy of Text 2:8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer, November 10, 2017

In this episode, recorded LIVE at the JOFA Conference 2017, we ask: Must a bride and groom have intercourse on their wedding night or should they allow themselves a few days of sexual touch first? And does a woman always enter niddah after first intercourse?…