Why doesn't the Torah/halacha ever talk about male virginity in all those thousands of books? Virginity has to do with the first intimate relations of a human being; but it is talked about only regarding women. Is it ok to say that no matter how many times a man is intimate, he is always considered a virgin or maybe the concept of virginity does not apply to males?

  • A kohein gadol may only marry a virgin (Leviticus 21). Since a kohein gadol must be male, his bride must be female (Leviticus 20). Does that answer your question? Or is there something else I'm missing
    – Double AA
    Jun 22 at 18:44
  • Are you asking why when speaking about virginity, it is concerning the female and not male virginity? Are you asking if there is a status of male-virginity?
    – Shmuel
    Jun 22 at 18:53
  • Since a female has a physycal sign that she is a virgin, that is the way it is referred to. Once women do not have relations unless they are married, men would have no-one unless they are married. Jun 22 at 19:13
  • @ Shmuel Yes Shmuel. Why is there a status of female virginity but not male virginity. Jun 22 at 19:28
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    Halacha also doesn't talk about climbing mount everest, probably because there's never a need to. If you can give a place where you'd expect it to talk about male virginity, then you have a quesiton.
    – Double AA
    Jun 22 at 20:28

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On a general basis and more so in ancient times there is a physical sign that proves virginity by a women. As that is an impossibility by a man it would be a difficult status to prove. (Although you can ask on this with Tumah and Tahara, the difference is that since Virginity has signs by a women it became a preference among men. Thereby making it more of a holy thing.)

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    So the preference among men makes things holy?
    – Chatzkel
    Jun 22 at 22:31
  • Exactly. You think Hashem cares about if you daven not dressed nicely. Obviously not. It really should be irrelevant. However since the world is created in a way that respect can be shown with dressing respectfully it is required when davening. Many example of things like this. So to with this. B’etzem it should be irrelevant, however in a world where a non-virgin is looked at as damaged goods and is seen as more lowly in people’s eyes than a virgin it’s not befitting for the people that are supposed to be the holiest (the kohen Gadol) to be married to them. Jun 23 at 2:49
  • When they do get married to non-virgins it’s a huge degradation of hashems kavod Jun 23 at 2:54
  • That’s a nice idea, but the Sefer HaChinuch started a very different reason that has nothing to do with that.
    – Chatzkel
    Jun 23 at 3:12
  • Please link relevant text so we can discuss further Jun 23 at 4:18

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