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.

proach is authentic and will have the greatest meaning for modern Jews. My goal in this book is to apply traditional teachings to life as it is lived today. The results may not necessarily conform to traditional codifications of Jewish law, but they should demonstrate that Judaism has much to teach us about one of our most powerful drives and most fundamental human activities. The insights of many people were invaluable in preparing this book. A variety of scholars and rabbis have spoken and written on issues related to sexuality; since it is a mitzvah to quote a teaching be- shem omro ( in the name of its author), I refer to these teachers throughout the book. Dr. Ronald Brauner first invited me to teach a course in Jewish sexual ethics for the Hebrew Institute of Pittsburgh, forcing me to apply Jewish law systematically to American reality. I continued to teach this course at Beth El Congregation and the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh. I also began to lecture on sexual ethics in numerous cities around the country. It was often my students who gave me my greatest insights. Sheila Segal, former editor- in- chief of the Jewish Publication Society, encouraged me to write this book and helped me with its overall organization. The current editor- in- chief, Ellen Frankel, went over the manuscript line by line, always looking for ways to improve the work. Her vast knowledge of Judaism and her ear for the English language were extremely valuable in shaping this book. I want to give a special thank- you to my wife, Evelyn, for her encouragement, insights, patience, and love. She is my partner in trying to build a contemporary Jewish life that still draws deeply from the wells of tradition. Finally, I want to dedicate this book to the memory of my brother Jeffrey, a victim of AIDS. Jeffrey would probably disagree with

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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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