I was using that page title years before his book came out! Intermediate The primary purpose of sex is to reinforce the marital bond Sexual desire is not evil, but must be satisfied in the proper time, place and manner Note: The few sources that mention lesbian relations say that they do not disqualify a woman from certain privileges of the priesthood , because it is "merely licentiousness. In fact, the prohibition is so strict that one passage in the Talmud states, "in the case of a man, the hand that reaches below the navel should be chopped off. However, the pill is well-recognized as an acceptable form of birth control under Jewish law. Weddings must be scheduled carefully, so that the woman is not in a state of niddah on her wedding night. It specifies the frequency of sexual obligation based on the husband's occupation, although this obligation can be modified in the ketubah marriage contract.
The Torah does not specify the reason for the laws of niddah, but this period of abstention has both physical and psychological benefits. The Talmud specifies both the quantity and quality of sex that a man must give his wife. The Torah prohibits only sexual intercourse, but the rabbis broadened this prohibition, maintaining that a man may not even touch his wife or sleep in the same bed as her during this time. Nevertheless, Judaism does not ignore the physical component of sexuality. The book talks about sex in the context of a committed, loving relationship, trying to find a proper balance between deep friendship and passionate lovemaking, within the context of Jewish Law. Birth Control In principle, birth control is permitted, so long as the couple is committed to eventually fulfilling the mitzvah to be fruitful and multiply which, at a minimum, consists of having two children, one of each gender. In addition, a husband's consistent refusal to engage in sexual relations is grounds for compelling a man to divorce his wife, even if the couple has already fulfilled the halakhic obligation to procreate. Please exercise appropriate discretion. The primary purpose of sex is to reinforce the loving marital bond between husband and wife. Sex for selfish personal satisfaction, without regard for the partner's pleasure, is wrong and evil. A couple may not have sexual relations while drunk or quarreling. If you might be disturbed to read about traditional Judaism's point of view on these matters, you may want to avoid this page. It is important to note, however, that it is homosexual acts that are forbidden, not homosexual orientation. The only other sexual sin that is described in such strong terms is the sin of remarrying a woman you had divorced after she had been married to another man. As one passage in the Talmud states, "a man may do whatever he pleases with his wife. Although some sources take a more narrow view, the general view of halakhah is that any sexual act that does not involve sh'chatat zerah destruction of seed, that is, ejaculation outside the vagina is permissible. If this is an issue for you, you should consult a competent rabbinic authority. I have seen some modern Orthodox sources suggest that if homosexuality is truly something hardwired in the brain, as most gay activists suggest, then a man who acts upon that desire is not morally responsible for his actions, but I am not sure how wide-spread that opinion is. These laws are also known as taharat ha-mishpachah, family purity. The law of niddah is the only law of ritual purity that continues to be observed today; all of the other laws applied only when the Temple was in existence, but are not applicable today. According to the Torah , a man is forbidden from having sexual intercourse with a niddah, that is, a menstruating woman. The few sources that mention lesbian relations say that they do not disqualify a woman from certain privileges of the priesthood , because it is "merely licentiousness. Jewish law also forbids sexual contact short of intercourse outside of the context of marriage, recognizing that such contact will inevitably lead to intercourse. It is well-established that methods that destroy the seed or block the passage of the seed are not permitted, thus condoms are not permitted for birth control. The issue in birth control is not whether it is permitted, but what method is permitted, and under what circumstances.
Video about sex in the wedding day:
Caught Having Sex
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