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The Joy of Text is a podcast about Judaism and sexuality, co-hosted by Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus. Each episode features in-depth conversations with rabbinic and medical experts about subjects that you’ll almost never hear discussed anywhere else and answers to questions from listeners like you. #sex #Jewish

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    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

The Joy of Text is a podcast about Judaism and sexuality, co-hosted by Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus. Each episode features in-depth conversations with rabbinic and medical experts about subjects that you’ll almost never hear discussed anywhere else and answers to questions from listeners like you. #sex #Jewish

    Shema and Strange Bedfellows (Berachot 24A)

    Shema and Strange Bedfellows (Berachot 24A)

    In this episode, we examine a passage in Tractate Berachot regarding reciting the Shema while lying unclothed next to family members and others, and grapple with perspectives and social norms different than our own. 

    • 12 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Interview with an “Unorthodox” Kallah teacher

    BONUS EPISODE: Interview with an “Unorthodox” Kallah teacher

    In this episode, we sit down with award-winning producer, filmmaker and actor, Michal Birnbaum, who most recently played the Kallah teacher on the Netflix hit series, Unorthodox. We talk about her portrayal of the character, how she prepared for the role of a Kallah teacher in an Ultra-Orthodox community, and much more!

    • 24 min
    Sexuality Throughout the Lifespan

    Sexuality Throughout the Lifespan

    In this episode, we discuss the complexities of changes in our sex lives through different life stages. We look at how couples can spice up their private life when youthful signals like Mikveh night fade away, and when different aspects of life might get in the way of intimacy. Then, we sit down with Bracha Bard-Wigder, known as Balaboostas, to discuss her work as an Orthodox birth doula and sex and intimacy coach. 

    • 55 min
    Whispering Sweet Nothings? (Zohar I:49a-b)

    Whispering Sweet Nothings? (Zohar I:49a-b)

    In this episode we look at a passage from the Zohar which seems to put the woman in charge of the sexual relationship, and we ask the question: what does sleeping on rocks, flattery and apes have to do with all this?

    • 12 min
    Mechitzah, Gender, and Transgender Activism

    Mechitzah, Gender, and Transgender Activism

    One of the defining characteristics of an Orthodox synagogue is the mechitzah.  But where does it come from and what is it about? On this episode, we discuss the ins-and-outs of mechitza. Is the goal to make women invisible, to create a gender-separate space, or something else?  And does mechitza truly make for a better davening space? Then, we sit down with Rabbi Mike Mozkowitz, scholar in residence for trans and queer Jewish studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, to discuss his work, his Torah and his advocacy for LBGTQ+ members of the Jewish community. 

    • 55 min
    Sex During the Day (Niddah 16b-17a)

    Sex During the Day (Niddah 16b-17a)

    In this mini text episode, we look at a passage in the Gemara (Niddah 16b-17a) which forbids or discourages sex during the daytime and try to parse the different reasons given for this ruling.  In the end we discuss how some of this plays out practically and to what degree this is applicable nowadays. 

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Joshuashington ,

Insightful

A smart and serious discussion of too-often overlooked Jewish topics

Outcastspice ,

Love this podcast

I really like this podcast. It’s smart and thoughtful and very helpful information. Thanks, keep it up!

Jo102934765 ,

Finally these important things are being discussed

This show is excellent! It discusses a vital topic, sex, with both a Rabbi and an orthodox sex therapist. This creates a discussion both from a halachic point of view and a health perspective. The merging of the two yields a sex positive discussion within the scope of halacha which I think is just beautiful.

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