The Joy of Text


The Joy of Text is a monthly podcast about Judaism, sexuality, and the intersection of the two. Co-hosted by Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and moderated by Ramie Smith, this podcast features in-depth conversations by rabbinic and medical experts about subjects that you’ll almost never hear discussed anywhere else, even online. Each episode also includes answers to questions from listeners like you (see the link below to submit your own question).

The Joy of Text is supported by JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

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Season 2 Episode 9 Mini Text Episode – Power and Consent

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In this mini text episode we read a passage from Genesis 6 that sheds light on issues of consensuality in sexual relationships.

Season 2 Episode 8 The Wedding Night Episode

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In this episode, recorded LIVE at the JOFA Conference 2017, we ask: Must a bride and groom have intercourse on their wedding night or should they allow themselves a few days of sexual touch first? And does a woman always enter niddah after first intercourse? Finally, Dr. Naomi Marmon Grummet, Director of the Eden Center in Jerusalem, discusses the innovative work the Eden Center is doing with mikvaot in Israel.

Season 2 Episode 7 The Tznius Episode

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In this episode, a mother writes in about her daughter’s school dress code. We discuss ways to define modesty beyond collar bones and covered knees and how to cultivate positive body image for children growing up in religious environments. Later in the episode we are joined by Dr. Koby Frances, licensed clinical psychologist whose private practice specializes in dealing with sexual-religious conflicts.

Season 2 Episode 6 Mini Text Episode – The First Act

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In this episode Rabbi Linzer shares a Talmudic text about a husband and wife’s first sexual encounter and the way it impacts their relationship – all the way up to the laws governing aveilut.

Season 2 Episode 5 The Hook Up Culture Episode

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For this live episode we travel to Princeton University to discuss hook up culture on college campuses. We talk to students about millennial dating practices, how being an observant Jew interacts with the social pressure to have casual hook ups, and why hook ups are sometimes more appealing than relationships to college students.

Season 2 Episode 4 Mini Text Episode – Ahava

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In this mini-text episode Rabbi Linzer, Dr. Marcus, and Rabba Smith discuss Rav Eliyahu Dessler’s definition of ahava, love, and what it means to give and take in a sexual relationship.

Season 2 Episode 3 The Childbirth Episode

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In this episode of The Joy of Text we will discuss the laws of touch during a natural birth, and we will be joined by Gila Block, founder of Yesh Tikvah, to discuss infertility issues in Orthodox communities. We will ask: Can a husband touch his wife while she is in labor? Do the laws of niddah apply if touch between husband and wife is serving a medical purpose? How do halakhic authorities assess which kinds of touch are intimate and sexual and which are not? How can communities provide support for couples who struggle with infertility? Listen to this episode to find out!

Season 2 Episode 2 Mini Text Episode – Birkat Erusin

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What are the words of the first blessing said under the huppah? Why do we open the wedding ceremony by mentioning the prohibition against arayot? How does this blessing reflect the bond being formed between two individuals under the huppah? Listen to this mini text episode to find out!

Season 2 Episode 1 The Sex Signals Episode

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How can you use your flower arrangements to signal to your partner that you want sex? How does the commandment of tzniut affect women’s sexuality? What sex positions are halakhically permissible? Learn the answers to these questions and more on the first episode of Season Twoof The Joy of Text! In this episode we respond to a listener’s question about wives initiating sex, talk to Yaakov Shapiro about his book, “Halachic Positions: What Judaism Really Says About Passion in the Marital Bed,” and introduce our newest segment of The Joy of the Text – “The Final Word.”

The Infidelity Episode

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This episode of The Joy of Text was recorded live at Davar in Teaneck, New Jersey. We discuss the topic of infidelity, and then are joined by Rachel Lopatin, matchmaker at Saw You at Sinai. We then take questions from our live audience. Please note that due to the live recording, sound quality varies at moments of this episode.