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 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.

Mini Episode: Steipler on Sex: What Sex and Matzah have in common

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What is the real obligation of sex between a husband and wife?

Navigating Niddah

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How much distance do we really have to keep during niddah, and how can we express our relationship in spite of these challenges?

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The Sex Ed / Trans Episode

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Better ways to talk to kids about sex, a conversation about trans Jewish identity with Joy Ladin, and a listener asks about his gender-bending fetish.