Blessing on Sex-
I know about many of the blessings recited for various events and daily occurrences, but in all my studies, I have yet to find mention of a blessing for marital intimacy. We have a blessing for using the bathroom, for...More
I was recently assigned to a long-term project where I had to work long hours with a colleague who is a married man. We slowly grew closer and now we are in a full-fledged affair. I never planned this, but now I want...More
Hole in the Sheet-
I heard that observant Jews have relations through a hole in a bed sheet. I tried finding the source, but was unsuccessful. Is this true?
I have been seeing a married man for over a year now. He has been separated from his wife for four months and we see each other as much as possible. I have been separated from my husband for over a year and am in the...More
Homosexual - Is Change Possible?-
The Torah says that homosexuality is an abomination; but isn’t there a more modern view? Aren't people compelled to engage in homosexuality? Isn't a clear percentage of any given population of homosexual...More
Homosexuality - Why Not?-
I don’t understand what is wrong with the homosexual act? It is, after all, an act of love. Who are we to decide that it’s wrong?
Homosexuals - Equal Rights?-
Recently a friend and I had a long discussion about the appropriateness of homosexuals as teachers and rabbis, etc., and on how Judaism should deal with homosexuality in general. It seems that there is a conflict...More
Mikveh - Why?-
Why are a man and woman prohibited from sexual relations during her menstruation? Does Judaism consider women somehow “unclean”? And if a woman always has to go to mikveh, when does the couple have time to...More
Why is a husband prohibited from sexual relations with his wife during her menstruation? Doesn't this reduce the ability of a man and woman to connect through the deeper intimate aspect of marriage? And isn't this...More
I was raised in an Orthodox home and the idea of being physical with guys was discouraged until after marriage. Now I met a guy at school and I figure that some innocent hugging would probably be all right, I don't...More
I’ve been dating a man for the past six months and he says “it is time to get serious.” I agree, except that we differ in how we define that. In my mind, “getting serious: means to talk about...More
I was reading in an online forum that Judaism advocates that a rapist marry his victim. This sounds so backward and oppressive, and difficult to reconcile with the compassionate Judaism that I know and love. Is what I...More
What is the Jewish view of sex? Is sex just for procreative purposes, or is it all right to have sex with one's spouse for recreation and intimacy?
Sexual Immorality – Giving Up One's Life-
I read that all the Torah's commandments "can be broken to save a life" except for three. I think I understand two of the three:
1) Idolatry - this would threaten the very fabric of Judaism and therefore...More
On an intuitive level, I believe that intimacy should be reserved for a husband and wife. But on a philosophical level, I have no good reason to explain why to friends (or my children!) who insist on a more liberal...More
I have a difficult issue that I wish to discuss with a rabbi. I am a female-to-male transsexual. My soul and self-identity feels male, yet my body is biologically female. Every time I look in the mirror, ever since...More