Does God Belong in the Bedroom?

In Does God Belong in the Bedroom? Rabbi Michael Gold turns to the Torah, the wisdom of the rabbis of the Talmud, the Midrash, and other classic Jewish sources. More than a study of texts, the book presents readers with a frank and honest approach to sexual ethics.

11 PREFACE We live in an age of sexual confusion. The values of the past no longer seem quite adequate for our needs; we feel compelled to seek standards and guidance, to know right from wrong. In my years as a congregational rabbi, I have been involved in a search for values. My previous book, And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple ( Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1988) presents a Jewish perspective on infertility and adoption, an area in which I gained expertise from personal experience. Sexuality, I have discovered, is an even more challenging topic. Traditional Jewish sources clearly defined when sex was permissible and what kind of sexual behavior was allowed. The rabbis taught that sex belongs within marriage. To prevent temptation, the intermingling of the sexes was kept to a minimum. In talmudic times marriages were arranged at a very young age: eighteen for a boy and as young as twelve and a half for a girl. For both boys and girls, even younger marriages were permissible and recommended by many authorities. Outside of marriage, all sexual activity was proscribed. Even masturbation was forbidden, and homosexuality was considered an abomination. To protect family life, adultery and incest were absolute taboos; in the Torah they are punishable by death. Even within marriage, traditional Judaism demanded sexual discipline. The laws of family purity ensured that a husband and wife slept separately and avoided any physical contact during part of

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Front MatterTitle Page: DOES GOD BELONG IN THE BEDROOM ?Copyright PageDedication PageCONTENTSPREFACENotes Notes to PrefaceNotes to Chapter 1Notes to Chapter 2Notes to Chapter 3Notes to Chapter 4Notes to Chapter 5Notes to Chapter 6Notes to Chapter 7Notes to Chapter 8Notes to Chapter 9Notes to Chapter 10Glossary Bibliography General SourcesChristian SourcesSources on Nonwarital SexSources on Marital Sex and Family PuritySources on New Reproductive Techniques and AbortionSources on HomosexualitySources on Sex EducationIndex
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