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The Joy of Text: Where Real Sex Meets Jewish Law

A show about Judaism and sexuality with certified sex therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and Rabbi Dov LInzer, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Moderated by Sara Rozner Lawrence.Founded by Jewish Public Media.Produced by Billy Procida.

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The Joy of Marital Sex / Actress Leah Gottfried on Dating

Which sexual acts are permitted in a marriage? The answers might surprise you! Find out why co-host Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus calls this one of “the most important episodes” of the podcast. Plus we interview the creator of the hit YouTube series SOON BY YOU, Leah Gottfried, about the challenges of dating as an Orthodox […] The post The Can We Really Do THAT? Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

42mins

15 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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The Joy of Hook-Up Culture (Live at Princeton)

For this live episode we travel to Princeton University to discuss hook up culture on college campuses. We talk to students about millennial dating practices, how being an observant Jew interacts with the social pressure to have casual hook ups, and why hook ups are sometimes more appealing than relationships to college students. The post The Hook Up Culture Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

54mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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The Joy of Kink (and Surrogate Motherhood)

On the Season 3 Finale we interview a Jewish woman who made the decision to be a surrogate and carry a child for someone else, with the support of her husband and their three young children. Carrie and Jamie Bornstein share personally and poignantly about what it means to help another couple become parents, and […] The post The Surrogacy…and Sexual Adventures Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

50mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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The Joy of Procreation and Fertility Treatments / Elizabeth Savetsky

What are the halakhic and emotional issues associated with infertility and the Jewish community?  In this episode, we explore the question of fertility treatments and the mitzvah to procreate, and what allowances halakha makes for undergoing such treatments on Shabbat and the halakhic category that applies in this case (is the person sick? Are they […] The post The Infertility Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

44mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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The Joy of Saving Yourself for Marriage / Leora Tanenbaum (Author of I Am Not A Slut)

Is abstinence before marriage the secret to a great married sex life, or a recipe for sexual difficulties later on? We discuss the value and impact of “saving oneself” for marriage and of other sex and relationship norms of the Orthodox community. Then, the acclaimed author of “I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the […] The post The “S Word” Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

44mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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The Joy of Female Masturbation (Live from Limmud NY) / Miryam Kabakovon on LGBTQ Jews

This episode is a re-release, and was originally recorded at Limmud NY in 2016. In this episode, Dr. Marcus and Rabbi Linzer tackle female masturbation and interview Miryam Kabakov about Eshel, a group for LGBT Orthodox Jews. In the Q&A: is it permissible to talk “dirty”? The post (Re-Release) Does Sexting Lead to Mixed Dancing? appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

58mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Kissing as a Spiritual Experience (Zohar 2:124b)

Kissing as a spiritual experience? In this episode, we explore a cryptic text of the Zohar about the deeper meaning of a kiss. If you would like to learn it yourself, check out Zohar 2:124B. The post Kissing as a Spiritual Experience (Zohar 2:124B) appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

10mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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The Joy of Your Wedding Night (Live at JOFA Conference) / Dr. Naomi Marmon Grumet of The Eden Center

In this episode, recorded LIVE at the JOFA Conference 2017, we ask: Must a bride and groom have intercourse on their wedding night or should they allow themselves a few days of sexual touch first? And does a woman always enter niddah after first intercourse? Finally, Dr. Naomi Marmon Grummet, Director of the Eden Center […] The post The Wedding Night Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

47mins

25 May 2017

Rank #8

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The Frustrations of Niddah and the Don't Look Solution / Dr. Stephen Snyder (Author of Love Worth Making)

Colored underwear, black pantyliners, “look the other way.” What are the Rabbinic leniencies that allow a woman who is spotting to avoid becoming a niddah, when and why do they work? Most importantly, how can we prevent a well-intentioned set of Jewish laws from driving women crazy? Plus, we get tips from sex therapist Dr. […] The post The Don’t Look Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

41mins

15 May 2018

Rank #9

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The Joy of Hair and Erva / Dr. Sharon Faye Koren (Author of Foresaken)

On this episode* we answer a listener question about women’s hair covering, changing norms, and the connection between hair and “erva” (nakedness). Then we talk about sexuality in Kabbalah with Dr. Sharon Faye Koren, author of Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, who discusses why sex plays a central role in Kabbalistic thought and why medieval Kabbalism was, despite […] The post The Hair Covering and Kabbalah Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

40mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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The Joy of Sex Education - High School Edition / Educator Ora Weinbach

After our listener question about cuddling on the wedding night, our guest, Ora Weinbach, talks about her experiencing teaching sexuality at Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. We ask: What does a sex ed curriculum look like? What it’s like to teach sex-ed to a co-ed class? What’s a parent’s role in all this? And finally, […] The post The Sex Ed Episode – High School Edition appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

36mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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The Joy of Birth Control / Rivkah Slonim on Sex and Marriage

IUDs, condoms, the pill, oh my! We break down the pros and cons of these and other common birth control methods and the halachic considerations that render some forms of contraception more acceptable than others. Then we hear from internationally renowned educator Rivkah Slonim, the Chabbad rebbetzin at SUNY Binghamton, about her three decades of […] The post The Birth Control Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

42mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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The Joy of Mikveh Before Marriage (Live at Harvard Hillel)

Recorded Live at Harvard Hillel! Should an unmarried woman who is in an intimate relationship use the mikveh before marriage? Includes Q&A with Harvard students on this theme and related topics, and heartfelt reflections by our hosts on why this podcast is the most important project they've undertaken. The post The Thinking About Mikveh Before Marriage Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

41mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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The Joy of Sex Myths / Rabbi Aryeh Klapper

Welcome back to The Joy of Text! We’re kicking off Season 4 with a fact or fiction quickfire round: Is sex really a “double mitzvah” on Shabbat? Is daytime sex verboten? And what is up with the “hole in the sheet?” We clear up these and other common myths and misconceptions — or are they? […] The post The Fact or Fiction Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

42mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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The Joy of Child-Free by Choice (Live at Brandeis University)

Recorded live at Brandeis University! “Be fruitful and multiply” is the first commandment in the Torah and a central value of the Jewish community, but what about those who go against the grain and choose to be child-free? Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus dive into this question. Then, a lively and wide-ranging […] The post The What If I Don’t Want Kids? Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

47mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #15

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The Joy of Tznius and Body Image / Psychologist Dr. Koby Frances

In this episode, a mother writes in about her daughter’s school dress code. We discuss ways to define modesty beyond collar bones and covered knees and how to cultivate positive body image for children growing up in religious environments. Later in the episode we are joined by Dr. Koby Frances, licensed clinical psychologist whose private […] The post The Tznius Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

45mins

4 May 2017

Rank #16

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The Joy of Debunking Sex Myths

Is it true that Jewish law forbids a couple from having sex when sleeping over in someone else’s home? Is a woman not supposed to initiate sex when she’s in the mood? What does the Talmud say about having sex in front of pets? On the Season 4 finale, we clear up more potential myths […] The post Season Finale: The Fact or Fiction Episode, Part 2 appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

18mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Having Sex For the First Time on Shabbat (Ketubot 5b-6a)

A classic Talmudic discussion about having first-time sex on Shabbat is often taught to adolescent yeshiva students. What effect might this explicit, technical text have on their emerging sexuality? We read the passage and discuss on this mini text episode of The Joy of Text. The post Having Sex For the First Time on Shabbat (Ketubot 5b-6a) – Mini Text Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

9mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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The Joy of Nudity and Body Image (and Working in a Sex Toy Shop)

Yikes! What’s a parent to do if your kid walks in on you naked? How old is too old for parents to see their kids unclothed? On this episode, we discuss what psychology and halacha have to say about these sensitive issues and how to help your kids develop a healthy body image. The answers […] The post The What If My Kids See Me Naked Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

43mins

13 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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The Joy of Teshuvah and Guilt / Educator Dr. Rivka Schwartz

With the High Holidays quickly approaching it is time for us to take stock of our year. How should we approach teshuva, repentance, when the misdeeds are complicated and we cannot be confident we will change our future behavior? Is Teshuvah out of the question? Is there a more nuanced way for us to approach […] The post The Teshuvah and Guilt Episode appeared first on Jewish Public Media.

45mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #20