Around the country, Jewish communities have all but shut down, closing synagogues, canceling Passover seders, conducting funerals by Zoom. Yet one kind of Jewish public space has remained mostly open: mikvahs, or pools used for ritual immersions. Each month, when they get their period, some Jewish women observe a time of niddah , or ritual impurity. Under any circumstances, this can be challenging to maintain.
How do Orthodox Jews have sex?
Judaism and Sex: Questions and Answers | My Jewish Learning
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. Orthodoxy, like Christians, Muslims, and other Judaic sects, dictates abstinence before the covenant of marriage Many of the practices around sex relate back to the principle of modesty, which is big in Orthodoxy. But how and to what you degree you cover up is largely cultural and not so much a matter of scripture. Hair is the perfect example.
Kosher Sex: The Rituals of Orthodox Jewish Sexuality
Jewish traditions across different eras and regions devote considerable attention to sexuality. In Judaism, sexuality is viewed as having both positive and negative potential, depending on the context in which it is expressed. Many sources express a positive attitude towards sex between a married couple. On the other hand, sexual activity is also viewed as a grave sin if it is outside of the bounds of permissible behavior. According to medieval Rabbinical enumerations of the commandments , the commandment to procreate Genesis is the first mitzvah in the Torah.
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.