My friend said he wouldn't marry multiple wives even though it is allowed because he didn't want to be "put in a harem." Personally, I don't see what's so bad about being put in a harem. I actually think I would like it. So what is so bad about a harem-- or, more likely, what is my friend's problem??

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    I'm not sure that everyone got the question - it was about (c)harem, right? – Uber_Chacham Feb 23 '18 at 6:03
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    @ezra It's Purim Torah, so yeah, I am – SAH Feb 23 '18 at 7:04
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    The very idea of harem d'rabbeinu gershon still has me laughing. (I wish that was the title...) – Uber_Chacham Feb 23 '18 at 8:13
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    If Rabbeinu Gershom had a harem, I guess it can't be too bad... – b a Feb 23 '18 at 8:34
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    Hey! I'm a New Yorker! Why are you making fun of Harlem?? – DanF Feb 23 '18 at 15:06

Because unless his wives are in harem too, he can't have anything to do with them


Because once someone is in a (c)harem, they have to walk around barefoot all the time. Those extra wives get really makpid on mud and dirt.


He wouldn't want to be in a harem because that's where they put all the gross stuff!

Shmuel 1 15:9

וְכָל-הַמְּלָאכָה נְמִבְזָה וְנָמֵס, אֹתָהּ הֶחֱרִימוּ.

And all the junk and the gross stuff, they put in the harem.


I never visited a harem, so I can't comment from personal experience. But, from my understanding of the Megilla's description, it's a very smelly place.

Esther 2:12 says that before the girls would visit King Achashevrosh (the story sounds like the Persian version of "The Bachelor", BTW) they would steep themselves for 12 months in spices, perfumes and all types of cosmetics.

So, if your friend likes overly perfumed smelling girls, he would find the harem a nice place. Some people, like me, are allergic to perfumes, so they would find being a harem sickening.

  • I heard it was only olive oil. How that made the girls extremely beautiful I don't know. But at least your sensitive nose would be ok – SAH Feb 26 '18 at 2:00

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