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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on 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 Posted on 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 Posted on 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 Posted on 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 Posted on 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 Posted on 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 Posted on 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?…

Power and Consent- Joy of Text 2:9

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 10, 2017

In this mini text episode we read a passage from Genesis 6 that sheds light on issues of consensuality in sexual relationships. These sources accompany the ninth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   1. Breishit, ch.…

The Sex Ed Episode – High School Edition- Joy of Text 2:10

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 10, 2017

After our listener question about cuddling on the wedding night, our guest, Ora Weinbach, talks about her experiencing teaching sexuality at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. We ask: What does a sex ed curriculum look like? What it’s like to teach sex-ed to a co-ed class?…

Thinking About Mikveh Before Marriage- Joy of Text 2:11

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 10, 2017

Recorded Live at Harvard Hillel! Should an unmarried woman who is in an intimate relationship use the mikveh before marriage? What are the relevant and often competing halakhic, personal, and communal  issues that must be considered? Includes Q&A with Harvard students on this theme and related topics, and heartfelt reflections by our hosts on why this podcast is the most important project they’ve undertaken.…

The “Can We Really Do THAT?” Episode Part 1- Joy of Text 3:1

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on October 19, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Degrees of Sexual Touch- Joy of Text 2:11

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 24, 2017

Recorded Live at Harvard Hillel! Should an unmarried woman who is in an intimate relationship use the mikveh before marriage? What are the relevant and often competing halakhic, personal, and communal  issues that must be considered? Includes Q&A with Harvard students on this theme and related topics, and heartfelt reflections by our hosts on why this podcast is the most important project they’ve undertaken.…