Sex is a touchy subject - not least among Israel's highly conservative ultra-Orthodox Jews. But an Orthodox therapist and an Orthodox teacher in Jerusalem have co-written a sex guide aimed specifically at this community. There used to be a sex shop on the way to David Ribner's office in central Jerusalem. The sign is still there - with big red letters spelling out "Sex Shop, Sex, Love" - but you can barely read it because it's been scratched out. The shop went out of business.
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Welcome to a new series where we ask the question: how do people from different religions have sex? This series is based on the official teachings of the religion, not what individuals might choose to do. At all. As in, no hand-holding, no hugging, nothing. At an Orthodox wedding men and women are separated and do not dance together. Both the man and the woman are expected to have sex for the first time on their wedding day. Ulta-orthodox couples time sex exclusively around conception. Orthodox women visit a mikvah, a ritual bath on the 12th day of their cycle the day that the average woman ovulates. Seven steps to symbolise the seven days of creation lead them into what is essentially the mikvah. They immerse themselves, recite a blessing, then immerse again.
Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. Plenty of rabbis love cycling. His sex counseling reality show — Shalom at Home on TLC , in which he moves into the homes of troubled couples for a week and coaches them on their relationships, is scheduled to launch in Canada later this month, and last month began airing in Israel. Oprah is a big fan and gave him a talk show on her XM station. Science of Us spoke with him about this philosophy and about how secular couples can apply ultra-orthodox sex tips to their own lives. Among us religious Jews, sex is a big deal. In Jewish law, a man has to make his wife orgasm before he does. Do the scriptures weigh in on other specifics, like one position over another?