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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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.

4 The Definition of “Virgin” — and More!

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Our hosts talk about the meaning of “virginity” in medicine and Jewish law. Then they talk with Dr. Joel Hecker about sexuality and Jewish mysticism.

In the Q&A: What happens when the rules about physical intimacy clash with a mother’s postpartum depression?

The Joy of Text is produced by Jewish Public Media and co-sponsored by YCT’s Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies and JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.

3 Does Sexting Lead to Mixed Dancing? And More!

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In this episode, Dr. Marcus and Rabbi Linzer tackle female masturbation and interview Miryam Kabakov about Eshel, a group for LGBT Orthodox Jews. In the Q&A: is it permissible to talk “dirty?”

This episode was recorded live at Limmud NY.