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.

dress and telephone number? More often than not they are already living together, but they are embarrassed to share that with me, their rabbi. Or, perhaps worse, they are not embarrassed; living together has become the norm rather than the exception. If they are living together, what do I write in the ketubbah, the traditional marriage document? The classical wording uses the term betultah, or “ virgin,” for a woman who has never been married. The financial terms of the ketubbah also depend on the bride’s virginal status. As a rabbi, do I write a falsehood in the ketubbah to protect the bride’s reputation in public, or do I tell the truth, assuming that nobody cares and that premarital virginity is a thing of the past? Or should the traditional ketubbah be rewritten altogether? I once performed the wedding of a couple who had been living together for about a year. The bride’s parents refused to pay for or participate in the wedding. They told me, “ Why do they need a wedding? They” re living together anyway.” What do I say to these parents? For that matter, what do I say to a couple living together unmarried who want to join my synagogue as a family? Does the congregation accept them, and would that acceptance put a stamp of approval on nonmarital sexual relations? The issues of nonmarital sex become particularly difficult when I deal with the teens in my youth group. Many teens today are sexually active, often at a very young age. Recently I was asked by the local public high school to offer a Jewish perspective on a proposal for an on- campus clinic that would dispense birth control pills. What guidance can Jewish tradition provide for such a proposal? How do we teach sexual morality to our youth if we tolerate promiscuity in our adults? On a youth group retreat, do we allow boys and girls to bring sleeping bags and share one big room, or do we insist that they sleep separately? What can we do as a community about the appalling rate of teen pregnancy? Adultery is also no longer a simple matter of black or white. A woman whose husband had carried on a series of affairs once want-

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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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