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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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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

    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
    (Re-Release) Does Sexting Lead to Mixed Dancing?

    (Re-Release) Does Sexting Lead to Mixed Dancing?

    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”?

    • 58 min
    Kissing as a Spiritual Experience (Zohar 2:124B)

    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.

    • 10 min
    The Infertility Episode

    The Infertility Episode

    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 mitztaer, suffering?).  Then, we welcome our guest, Elizabeth Savetsky, founder of the social media movement #RealLoveRealLoss, a campaign that encourages people to speak out about their struggles with infertility and child loss, and that seeks to create a community of support for those who are grappling with these issues.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

B.A.Vegetable ,

A MUST for Jewish scholars

I love how this podcast tackles real issues from a feminist halachic stance. This is intellectually stimulating and highly engaging!

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Speakers not speaking clearly and cross conversations interrupt flow of information. Not continuing to listen although the topics are interesting.

E L Stone ,

Loopholes

The logic used in this podcast so often seems to go opposite to how it should in religion of commandments with these loopholes; they say "this is what I want to do, so let me find any piece of scripture that can be stretched to permit it". I'm by no means a perfect nor always great Jew, but I think it's better to apologize to G-d and ask forgiveness for shortcomings, not to find a loophole. That being said, I do like the educational elements to this show, or when relationships are examined without resorting to finding hard-to-believe loopholes.

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