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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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.

6 The Pornography Episode

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In this episode: Can pornography have a place in an observant Jewish life? Plus, a principal talks about his school’s approach to sex ed, and a question about revealing one’s past sexual history.

5 The Premarital Episode

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In the first segment, our hosts discuss the legality and reality of pre/nonmarital sex.

Then they interview New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer about how different religions engage with modern sexual norms and how the dynamics of enforcement and religious authority affect internal change.

Finally, they give a short answer to a listener question about threesomes.