Kosher Sex

Kosher Sex

  • Submitted By: Yaacov
  • Date Submitted: 12/15/2010 2:58 PM
  • Category: Social Issues
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Kosher Sex

I think that the term “Judeo-Christian” is often used as a misnomer. Technically, Judaism and Christianity are two completely different religions with distinct set of ethics. While Christianity is faith based, Judaism is ethical in nature and can best be describe as “ritual, ethical, monotheism.”

It is clear that Judaism has a distinguishable view on sex than that of Christianity. In Jewish law, sex 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 impulse), it is no more evil than hunger or thirst, which also come from the yetzer ra. Like hunger, thirst or other basic instincts, sexual desire must be controlled and channeled, satisfied at the proper time, place and manner. But when sexual desire is satisfied between a husband and wife at the proper time, out of mutual love and desire, sex is a mitzvah, a commandment.

In Judaism, sex is not merely a way of experiencing physical pleasure. It is an act of immense significance, which requires commitment and responsibility. The primary purpose of sex is to reinforce the loving marital bond between husband and wife. The first and foremost purpose of marriage is companionship, and sexual relations play an important role. Procreation is also a reason for sex, but it is not the only reason. Sex between husband and wife is permitted, even recommended at times when conception is impossible, such as when the woman is pregnant, after menopause, or when the woman is using a permissible form of contraception.

In the Torah, the word used for sex between husband and wife comes from the root Yod-Dalet-Ayin, meaning "to know," which vividly illustrates that proper Jewish sexuality involves both the heart and mind, not merely the body. Sex should only be experienced in a time of joy. Sex for selfish personal satisfaction, without regard for the partner's...

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