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.

each month. Birth control was frowned upon although permitted under certain circumstances. Large families were the norm, and a family without many children, particularly without sons, was to be pitied. In traditional Jewish society, the roles of men and women were clearly defined. There were clear standards of modesty. Improper sexual behavior and immodest conduct were hukkat hagoyim, “ the way of the gentiles.” Jews simply did not behave in those ways. Throughout history many Jews did not live up to the standards as articulated in the traditional Jewish codes, but even the Jew who fell short knew what the community standards were. Jews knew that promiscuity, adultery, incest, homosexuality, and immodesty were wrong and that marriage and family were the ideal. During the past several decades, the traditional standards that developed over millennia have broken down. Among the many factors contributing to this breakdown are later marriage, the invention of oral contraceptives and other effective birth control methods, the rise of the feminist movement, the legalization of abortion, the acceptance of divorce, the push for gay rights, the secularization of society, and, perhaps most important, the dissolution of traditional family life. The old rules, developed in simpler times, no longer work for the vast majority of modern Jews. The question is, how do we develop new rules? Before I begin to explore Jewish sexual ethics, a personal note is in order. I grew up in the sixties, a decade that witnessed the greatest challenge ever to the traditional standards of sexual behavior. Although I may have been a bit more conservative than many of my contemporaries, the touchstone for my morality and behavior during my early adult years was the ethics of the free love generation. In the seventies I began my discovery of traditional Jewish law and values. My commitment to Jewish observance came slowly as I grappled with the dietary laws, the Sabbath, and the discipline 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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