Judaism and Sexuality

What Is A Mamzer?

Jewish children born from forbidden sexual relations pose ethical and communal challenges.

Conservative Halakhah and Homosexuality

An insider's view of the 2006 CJLS gay vote.

Ordaining Gays and Lesbians: Denominational Approaches

Among each of the movements, admitting gay and lesbian students has been a cause of debate, concern...and learning.

Prohibited Sexual Relationships

The Bible--concerned with sanctity in all aspects of life--prohibits incest, adultery, and a number of other sexual relationships.

Adultery

In Judaism, adultery is considered one of the most grievous sins.

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Homosexuality, Choice, and Jewish Law

If homosexuality is not chosen, then there is precedent in Jewish law for condoning it.

The Reality of Sex Outside Marriage

Non-marital sex is not ideal, but that doesn't mean Judaism has nothing to say about it.

Traditional Sources on Sexual Pleasure

Some classical Jewish statements about sex might surprise you.

Rejecting Halakhah

Some Jewish thinkers condone homosexuality, despite the condemnation of homosexual sex in Jewish law.