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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 Q&A with our audience of college students offers Rabbi Linzer insights into frat parties. Plus: a...

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The passage from the Torah describing Sota (Num. 5:11-14) – a woman suspected of adultery – elicits a brief but wide-ranging discussion about the gendered nature of jealousy, home DNA tests, and the surprising reason some Orthodox communities forbid sperm...

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The Birth Control Episode


Posted By on Dec 19, 2017

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 teaching Jewish college students about sex and marriage. Plus, a listener responds to our...

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Cautionary tales from the Talmud illustrate the power of sexual temptation to lead even the most revered rabbis astray… But do these stories make too much of desire? Hosts Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and moderator Rebecca Honig Friedman discuss a passage from Kiddushin 81a-b. Click here to follow along with the...

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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 Jew, and we introduce a new take on the Final Word. Follow all the sources from this episode. Source Sheet...

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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.

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