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Category: Sex & Niddah

Degrees of Sexual Touch

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 24, 2017

Different Forms of Sexual Activity Halakha recognizes a spectrum of sexual acts.  The act of intercourse, when it comes to adultery and other forbidden acts of sex, is defined as either vaginal or anal intercourse.  Other acts bordering on that include genital touching and “sex the way of limbs” – oral sex, or the woman Continue Reading »

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

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 24, 2017

These sources accompany the eleventh episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast. You may also want to check out our source sheet on degrees of sexual touch here.   Unmarried Women Not Going to the Mikveh Rivash (Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet, 1326-1408, Spain) was the first to discuss the practice that unmarried Continue Reading »

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

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 18, 2017

These sources accompany the tenth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   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 “a”) mitzvah intercourse” Continue Reading »

Power and Consent- Joy of Text 2:9

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 18, 2017

These sources accompany the ninth episode of the second season of the Joy of Text podcast.   1. Breishit, ch. 6 (א) וַיְהִי כִּי הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם: (ב) וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ: (ג) וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ לֹא יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם Continue Reading »

Inclusion and the Mikveh

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 2, 2017

  This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     (הוֹי כָּל צָמֵא לְכוּ לַמַּיִם (ישעיהו נ”ה:א Ho, every one that thirsts come ye to Continue Reading »

The Wedding Night- Joy of Text 2:8

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 »

The Childbirth Episode- Joy of Text: 2:3

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 »

Birkat Erusin- Joy of Text 2:2

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 LinzerPosted 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 LinzerPosted 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 LinzerPosted on November 28, 2016

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

by Dr. Michelle FriedmanPosted on November 28, 2016