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Hebrew sex

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Jewish traditions across different eras and regions devote considerable attention to sexuality. In Judaism, sexuality is viewed as having both positive and negative potential, depending on the context in which it is expressed. Many sources express a positive attitude towards sex between a married couple. On the other hand, sexual activity is also viewed as a grave sin if it is outside of the bounds of permissible behavior. According to medieval Rabbinical enumerations of the commandments , the commandment to procreate Genesis is the first mitzvah in the Torah. There is another Torah commandment known as onah which obligates a man to provide pleasurable sexual intercourse to his wife on a regular basis if she desires it , even if they have already had children, or are incapable of having children.

Judaism and Sex: Questions and Answers

Sex in the Hebrew Bible - Wikipedia

A comprehensive examination reveals, however, that biblical assumptions about sex, gender, and kinship are complex and internally diverse. Some of these assumptions stand in tension with traditional Jewish and Christian norms for marriage and sexual activity. Keywords: Hebrew Bible , polygyny , concubine , prostitution , incest , intermarriage , honour , gender , sex. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Issues in Jewish Ethics: "Kosher" Sex

Sex is considered repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible. Some references provide unambiguous ethical regulations, such as the laws given in Leviticus or Deuteronomy. Others are more ambivalent, most famously the potentially homosexual actions of Ham with his father, Noah.
Editor's Note: This page addresses issues of Jewish law that may not be appropriate for younger readers. In places, it discusses sexual behavior in plain and frank terms. Please exercise appropriate discretion.