Sex & Sexuality
We often think of religious authorities as prudish, striving to repress all sexual enjoyment. This is not always the case in Judaism, however, as you can see in these traditional texts.Read more
Sex in the Torah
Judaism has an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward sex and sexuality.
Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.
Some classical Jewish statements about sex might surprise you.
In Judaism, adultery is considered one of the most grievous sins.
The Bible prohibits sex between a man and a menstruating woman.
The sources of Judaism's traditional position on homosexuality and gay issues are well known.
Traditional sources on homosexuality.
The Torah does not address lesbianism, but later rabbinic commentators frowned upon it.
If homosexuality is not chosen, then there is precedent in Jewish law for condoning it.
Recently, organized efforts have been made to confront the conflicts between homosexuality and traditional Jewish life.
Judaism's attitude toward premarital sex is intriguing.
A selection of statements from rabbis of various denominations.
Rethinking our categories of sexual relationships in light of the reality of sex outside marriage.
Non-marital sex is not ideal, but that doesn't mean Judaism has nothing to say about it.
Including some surprising teachings about concubines.
Jewish tradition embraces love and sex as part of the human drive for holiness.
Though traditional Judaism frowns upon male masturbation, today there may be reasons to be more permissive.
Taking a note from Abraham’s open tent policy.
My rabbi came to my daughter's baby naming, but I really wish he stayed out of my nightstand.
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy might be helping some women get in touch with their sexuality.