I am an Italian Noahide.
Here in Italy I participate online in a Biblical forum that sees the presence of some Israeli Jews.
Well, in the context of a discussion about the prohibition of sexual promiscuity by Deuteronomy 23:18 and Leviticus 19:29, these Israeli Jews have argued that, on the basis of the "Talmudic Halakhah" (their expression) this prohibition it does not apply to an infertile woman (for example to a woman in menopause), as she lacks reproductive capacity.
They also said that “If we start from the written Torah, even the definition of adultery requires the faculty of reproduction; in the biblical conception, only the adulterer who wants to appropriate another's woman by making her fertilize is punishable ".
I replied to them by pointing out that from the consultation of the great halachic codes such as Tur, Mishneh Torah and Shulchan Arukh it does not at all emerge that the aforementioned prohibitions concern only fertile women, lacking a limitation in this sense; they told me that:
“the rabbis added their own and made sex one of the main prohibitions following non-Jewish models; they also "did not want to strike the modesty of the country that hosted them and wrote so, but it is clear that these are religious drifts because the Talmudic Halakhah does not have all this taboo for sex".
I ask you: but are the claims of these Israeli Jews really founded on the halachic plane? I confess that they leave me very perplexed.
It is true, in Gemara-Yevamot 37b Rav Eliezer ben Yaacov develops an exegesis of Leviticus 19:29,if I remember correctly also used by Rambam in Hilchot Naarah Betulah 2:17, based on the reason on prohibiting sexual promiscuity to prevent the risk of unconscious incest, since if an individual does not know who his father is he could for example one day marry his brother / sister without knowing it; however, at what point of the two Talmudim it would be stated that the punishment of the adulterer or promiscuous individual ex Deuteronomy 23:18 requires the natural fertility of forbidden sexual intercourse?