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.

21 1 GOD IN THE BEDROOM You shall serve God with both your inclinations. Rashi on Deuteronomy 6: 5 T H I S B O O K begins with a premise: there is a Jewish way to regard sex and a Jewish way to have sex. This statement may surprise most modern Jews, many of whom feel that religion ought to be concerned with more lofty matters — God, life and death, sin and redemption. Others say that religion ought to be concerned with day- to- day spiritual matters such as prayer and the liturgical calendar; still others, that religion ought to be concerned with the practical questions of building a better world, matters of ethics and social action. Sex, they believe, is too private and too physical to be the concern of religion. Once when I was invited to speak on sexual ethics, I was told, “ Rabbi, religion belongs in the synagogue or church, but please keep it out of the bedroom.” This attitude is not authentically Jewish; it reflects the biases of Western culture, which were greatly influenced by the ancient Greeks. The Greek philosopher Plato spoke of the separation between forms and ideals, between body and spirit, with the greatest emphasis on matters of the spirit. This approach was quite influential in early Christian thought and subsequently in Western culture. From this premise emerged the notion that religion should be

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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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