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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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    • 4.6, 83 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

    The Family Planning Episode

    The Family Planning Episode

    We now have the potential to control the sizes of our families more than ever before. In this episode, we discuss family planning and ask what exercising this control says about our approaches to family life and sex, and how this freedom can be balanced with our halachic obligations to have children and raise a Jewish family. Then, we chat with Rebbetzin Rachel Druk, the Rebbetzin of the Chabad of Cancun, and learn about her experience bringing Jewish women to the ocean to perform the mitzvah of Mikveh. https://soundcloud.com/jewishpublicmedia/the-family-planning-episode

    • 52 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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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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