Judaism is generally very positive about sex, regarding it as a divine gift and a holy obligation — both for the purposes of procreation and for pleasure and intimacy. The Talmud specifies not merely that a husband is required to be intimate with his wife, but sources also indicate that he is obliged to sexually satisfy her. Instead, sexual activity is highly circumscribed in Jewish tradition, as the rabbis of the Talmud sought to use the human libido as a tool for increasing the population and strengthening marriage.
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One needs to feel comforted one has made the right choice and is indeed upon the. None of the three branches of Judaism Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform require this of their adherents, and indeed taking the joy out of marital sex in such a fashion runs directly counter to all things Jewish. Indeed, not making love to your wife can call rabbinical sanction down upon the head of a Jewish man or even provide grounds for divorce.
Though I am not entirely sure why, people seem just plain fascinated by the supposedly cloistered communities of black clad Jews who briskly swarm -- entourage and side curls in tow -- through the streets of Brooklyn, the Diamond District and Old Jerusalem. For sure, some of it is the sheer "otherness" of their look and their seeming lack of interest as to what is occurring street level, including you and all the other passers-by. But whereas the Amish seem to spark a warmer, folksy response for their dogged embrace of the sartorial choices of their 18th century forbearers, Hasidim are often treated as circus freaks for having made a similar decision.
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For more observant Jews, foregoing foreskin is just one of many rules and customs that govern how and when a couple can canoodle. And while the Torah Part I of the Bible for all you goyem does make certain prescriptions for how and when you get to know each other biblically, certain cultural customs vary between -- and often within -- sects. No matter where they may or may not stand on Christ, fans of the the Old Testament and New join ranks with just about every religious sect by disapproving of premarital sex.
Welcome to a new series where we ask the question: how do people from different religions have sex? This series is based on the official teachings of the religion, not what individuals might choose to do. At all.
In Jewish lawsex is not considered shameful, sinful or obscene. Sex is not thought of as a necessary evil for the sole purpose of procreation. Although sexual desire comes from the yetzer ra the evil impulseit is no more evil than hunger or thirst, which also come from the yetzer ra.
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A lesson in kosher sex: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey recently met with two Jewish families in order to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. The show aims to shed light on some of the more private aspects of Hasidic Jews' way of life and will feature religious women from Brooklyn discussing life, marriage and motherhood. Shterna Ginsberg, 38, one of the women featured in the show, cynically addressed the infamous "hole In the sheet" myth, saying "that was how the more lenient Jews had sex, while the stricter Jews had sex through fax and email. Tovi, 40, explained to Winfrey the concept behind the halachic law stating men and women cannot touch each other during the two weeks surrounding a women's period.