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The Surrogacy Episode, Joy of Text 3:10

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

On the Season 3 Finale we interview a Jewish woman who made the decision to be a surrogate and carry a child for someone else, with the support of her husband and their three young children. Carrie and Jamie Bornstein share personally and poignantly about what it means to help another couple become parents, and how their kids and their community dealt with this new reality.…

Does Sexting Lead to Mixed Dancing? And More!- Joy of Text 1:3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Marcus and Rabbi Linzer tackle female masturbation and interview Miryam Kabakov about Eshel, a group for LGBT Orthodox Jews. In the Q&A: is it permissible to talk “dirty?”This episode was recorded live at Limmud NY. These sources accompany the third episode of the Joy of Text podcast.…

The Birth Control Episode- Joy of Text 3:3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

IUDs, condoms, the pill, oh my! We break down the pros and cons of these and other common birth control methods and the halachic considerations that render some forms of contraception more acceptable than others. Then we hear from internationally renowned educator Rivkah Slonim, the Chabbad rebbetzin at SUNY Binghamton, about her three decades of teaching Jewish college students about sex and marriage.…

Forbidden Fruit – Kiddushin 81a-b – Joy of Text 3:2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

Cautionary tales from the Talmud illustrate the power of sexual temptation to lead even the most revered rabbis astray… But do these stories make too much of desire? Hosts Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and moderator Rebecca Honig Friedman discuss a passage from Kiddushin 81a-b.…

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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

Which sexual acts are permitted in a marriage? The answers might surprise you! Find out why co-host Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus calls this one of “the most important episodes” of the podcast. Plus we interview the creator of the hit YouTube series SOON BY YOU, Leah Gottfried, about the challenges of dating as an Orthodox Jew, and we introduce a new take on the Final Word.…

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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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 Wedding Night- Joy of Text 2:8

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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?…

The Childbirth Episode- Joy of Text: 2:3

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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?…

Birkat Erusin- Joy of Text 2:2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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 Sex Signals Episode- Joy of Text 2:1

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 11, 2019

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