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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Halakha & Modernity

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.…

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

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 24, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

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

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

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?…

Power and Consent- Joy of Text 2:9

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

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.…

Solar Eclipse: To Bless or Not to Bless

Rabbi Dov Linzer (Posted on August 18, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies