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.

ed my advice on whether to take him back. How do I reconcile my belief in the importance of marital fidelity with my belief that a marriage always ought to be saved? Also, how do I explain to modern Jews certain difficult traditional laws regarding adultery? For example, according to halakhah, a woman who commits adultery is forever forbidden to her husband. Similarly, a child born from adultery is forever tainted as a mamzer and cannot marry a Jew of legitimate birth. What about the case in which one marital partner is incapacitated and the other partner wants neither divorce nor a life of celibacy? The gay rights movement has also raised numerous difficult questions. I was recently called by my local city council to testify on a gay rights bill. How can I reconcile the Jewish commitment to equal rights with the clear prohibition in the Torah against homosexuality? How should Jews react to gay synagogues that have formed in most major metropolitan centers? This question is particularly painful because the history of gay persecution parallels that of Jewish persecution. Both Jews and gays were victims of the Nazi Holocaust, and even today gays encounter the same kind of bigotry that was once the norm against Jews. I have confronted the issue of homosexuality a number of times as a rabbi. Once an observant Jew who was gay came to me for counseling after breaking up with his gay lover. Should he be encouraged to pursue another relationship? How can I as a rabbi help him without compromising Judaic principles? AIDS, although not necessarily a gay disease, has certainly influenced how we view the gay community. What responsibility does Judaism owe persons with AIDS? Can we say that a disease has a moral cause? Even within marriage issues regarding sexuality arise. As I mentioned above, I have come slowly to a life of religious observance after much study and careful thought. How do my wife and I integrate the Jewish stance toward sexuality into our marriage? Is there

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