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Did any rabbis say that Adam and Eve did not have sexual intercourse in the garden? [closed]

Rashi as well as other rabbis said that Adam and Eve had intercourse in the garden. However, did any rabbis say that they did not have intercourse before they sinned?
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Is there a name for the timeframe when a wife is permissible to her husband?

Is there a name for the time when a woman can have sex with her husband? The Torah tells married couples not to have sex during the period of niddah, when she menstruates until right before the moment ...
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Are gentile women allowed to have multiple female sexual partners? [closed]

For a Jewish woman, lesbian sex is the way of the Egyptians. But what about for a gentile female. A gentile male, as with a Jewish male, can have multiple partners? How about a gentile female? Can she ...
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Is it true that yichud is less of an issue with Nachrim since its not relevant to do an issur with them?

I remember learning that yichud could be potentially more serious when a nachri is involved since they are known to be prutzim. However, recently I saw something (wish i could remember where) about a ...
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Is it effective and is it kosher to perform the practice that leads to seed being spilled, but not actually spilling any? [closed]

That was a difficult title to figure out how to write! Well, here is the question. Spilling seed is a sin, but what about doing the same activity but stopping before spilling seed? The deeper reason I ...
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How did people know that Tamar had engaged in prostitution?

ויהי כמשלש חדשים ויגד ליהודה לאמר זנתה תמר כלתך וגם הנה הרה לזנונים About three months later, Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot; in fact, she is with child by harlotry.”...
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Sexual Relations with a married woman that's asur to her husband

Is it ok for a man to have relations with a married woman who's already been unfaithful to her husband? Is there still an isur kareth? Or since she's already prohibited from being with her husband and ...
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Can Gentiles Work and Consume Pornography?

Would pornographic work be prohibited for Gentiles since casual relationships are not prohibited for them? And would anyone who consumes this being also a Gentile be prohibited since the wasting of ...
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Can Gentiles Perform a Vasectomy?

Can Gentiles perform a vasectomy once there is an understanding that they are not obligated to have children? If it is prohibited, what principle is it linked to? If vasectomy is prohibited, would ...
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Premarital relationships for noahides [duplicate]

Shalom, I am a 16 year old noahide and therefore quite young. I want to ask if it is permissible for a noahide to premarital relationships (of course only with the opposite gender and therefore sexual ...
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How did King Solomon and King David keep up his duties to his wives

How did King Solomon and King David keep their marital duties to so many wives? Was there a system of rights the woman of the kings Harem enjoyed?
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Demisexual and the Halachic Ramifications therein

According to the Cleveland Clinic: Demisexuality is a sexual orientation. People who identify as demisexual only feel sexual attraction to someone after they’ve formed a strong emotional bond with ...
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The halachic prohibition of sexual promiscuity and adultery in the case of an infertile woman

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 ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In his Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 1:13, Rambam states that if a male copulates with a girl under the age of three,also the male,even if he was an adult, is exempt from liability, for the act is not ...
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Who discovered Sexual intercourse [closed]

Who discovered sexual intercourse . How did Adam HaRishon know how to procreate with Chava. Did G-d tell him and then it was passed down?
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Rambam's Mishneh Torah - Is a female pure after relations with a minor/gentile/animal?

In Rambam's Mishneh Torah, She'ar Avot haTum'ah, 5:19, it is written: "גְּדוֹלָה שֶׁשָּׁכַב אוֹתָהּ קָטָן פָּחוֹת מִבֶּן תֵּשַׁע [אוֹ עַכּוּ''ם אוֹ בְּהֵמָה] הֲרֵי זוֹ טְהוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר [(...
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Is there anything wrong with getting married to have intimacy?

Is it halachically wrong to marry a woman to have a physical outlet and with mutual understanding that this is the purpose until a more suitable candidate arrives? This practice is found in Islamic ...
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Can intercourse mean marriage even without any actual marriage?

If two people have intercourse, can it sometimes be considered that they are now married on some level, or in any sense? I don't remember the sources, but there is a concept that a man gives a part of ...
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Sex in the world to come

I was reading Minhat Yehuda. In the book, the Tzadik Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya asks the destroying angels what they are like. The angels mentioned things like how they ate manna, had kids, died, etc. So my ...
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Hi , what should a man do if he impregnates a woman before wedlock ? should he marry her or opt for co-parenting? [closed]

Lets say the child is already born , you are both not married, you are friends , you used to date but you had broken up. What should these two do ?
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Intercourse without pregnancy [closed]

Pregnancy Can a married Jewish couple have intercourse when the woman is on birth control to avoid pregnancy? What are the opinions of different people?
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Is it a sin to watch a naked woman?

Is it a sin to watch a naked woman? In 2 Shmuel 11:2 David watched a naked woman, was that a sin?
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What is the punishment for a Jewish non-married woman who has relations with a non-Jewish man?

I have heard that the punishment is that she will forever be Zonah but I have no sources
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Is it genevat daat for a Noachide to have relations with a gentile woman without commitment if you met her in a place where people normally hookup?

In other words, does a man have to disclose his intentions before hooking up with a girl if they met in a place where it is assumed that people meet to hookup except she may be ignorant of that and ...
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Why do we not say a bracha before sex? [duplicate]

There is a mitzvah to populate the world, pru urvu. For most mitzvot, there is a bracha we say before we do it. So why do we not say a bracha before sex? Also, whenever one benefits from anything, he ...
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Is a Jewish Male Allowed to Offer Free Hugs to People?

On a recent YouTube video, a religious Jew blindfolded himself and stood on the streets of New York City offering people the opportunity to stand with him for peace through a hug. Even though he ...
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What are the parameters of the “enjoyment/ שִׂמְחָ֗ה that the author of Kohelet did not deny himself?

Kohelet 2 (10) writes that he “denied myself no enjoyment”. Does that mean a mix of 'permitted' and 'no permitted enjoyment'? Ecclesiastes 2:10 וְכֹל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר שָֽׁאֲל֣וּ עֵינַ֔י לֹ֥א אָצַ֖לְתִּי ...
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Does the biblical prohibition against bestiality apply to an animal carcass

Vayikra 20 :15: ⁦ וְאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִתֵּ֧ן שְׁכָבְתּ֛וֹ בִּבְהֵמָ֖ה מ֣וֹת יוּמָ֑ת וְאֶת־הַבְּהֵמָ֖ה תַּהֲרֹֽגוּ And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and you shall slay the ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

In general, my understanding is that you are not supposed to refuse your wife intimacy. However, it is also expressly forbidden to engage in intimacy while she is in a niddah state. Does the latter ...
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Why is abstinence is important for Rivkah but not other foremothers or other Toranic female figures?

וְהַנַּעֲרָ טֹבַת מַרְאֶה מְאֹד בְּתוּלָה וְאִישׁ לֹא יְדָעָהּ ...׃ - The maiden was very beautiful, a virgin whom no man had known. Genesis.24.16 Why is the fact of sexual abstinence is important ...
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A list of Shulchan Aruch Halachot that repeat themselves?

I'm researching the prohibition for couples to have relations at a time of famine, which is brought by the Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 240:12, Orach Chaim 574:4 and Even Ha'ezer 25:6. While many of ...
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What is Judaism's take on dying a virgin?

I take it from the Torah that G'd commanded mankind to procreate and that pre-marital sex is forbidden and all that, But what happens with people who either choose to remain unmarried or otherwise ...
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What is the real position on the pilegesh expressed in the Shulchan Arukh?

Here is what Rabbi Yoel Lieberman says in the article present at the link https://www.yeshiva.co/ask/8800 "We must immediately say, that the issue of Pilegesh is far from an issue which just has ...
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Ramban’s interpretation of the expression "leshem zenut" in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1: 4

We read in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1:4 “Before the Torah was given, when a man would meet a woman in the marketplace, and he and she desired, he could give her payment, engage in relations with ...
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History of Extramarital Relations [duplicate]

What was the view on extramarital relations in the times of the gemara? To be clear, this is not a question of what is or isn't permitted. This is a question about historical practices; historically ...
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Torah approach to getting out of inappropriate feelings/thoughts

What is the Torah approach to stop yourself from feeling sexually aroused in the moment? Anything from the mussar experts?
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Would marriage really not solve this man's problem?

Another question on pikuach nefesh. The Talmud [Sanhedrin 75a] recounts this story: There was an incident involving a certain man who set his eyes upon a certain woman and passion rose in his heart [...
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Marital relations cover [duplicate]

I heard by a friend that during marital relations one needs to cover oneself and his wife with a blanket? Is there a reason for this? Is it a obligation or a minhag?
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Marital relations in a time of plague? [duplicate]

I remember that the people and animals in Noah's Ark were not allowed to have marital relations because it was an inappropriate thing to do in light of the destruction going on all over the world. I ...
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Why use impossible cases to illustrate laws?

In Bava Kamma 27a we find the following scenario: If a man fell from a roof and was inserted into a woman [due to the force of the fall, but with no intention to engage in sexual intercourse,] he ...
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HaGra about Rambam's position concerning the status of pilagshim taken by Jewish commoners

I am an Italian noahide. My question expresses a purely intellectual curiosity, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. As we know Rambam states in Hilchot Melachim 4: 4: “A commoner is ...
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Who exactly is the "kedesha" according to Rambam's interpretation?

I am an Italian noahide. My question expresses a purely intellectual curiosity, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. I cannot understand what is the exact definition of "kedesha" by Rambam , as ...
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Teshuva related to Pgam HaBrit [closed]

If pre-ejaculate fluid is released prior to intercourse (while kissing etc), does a person have to do teshuva? Pre-jaculate can contain but typically doesn’t contain semen.
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Taking pictures for one’s husband

Would Jewish law prohibit or limit the types of pictures a wife could send to her husband in private? Assume that the means of sending the pictures would be secure and no one else would be able to see ...
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Does the Noahide Law allow prostitution to the Gentiles?

I am an Italian noahide. Unless I am mistaken, in terms of sexual conduct the prohibitions established by the Noahide Law are the following (see Rambam’s Mishneh Torah-Melachim uMilchamot 9:5): ...
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Why are some stories in the Talmud? [closed]

I take the position that everything in the Talmud is there for a reason. That reason could be transmitting relevant facts through the generations. Even if they are not facts, surely there is a ...
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Jewish married man having relations with Jewish divorced woman [closed]

What is the Halacha of a Jewish married man engaging in physical relations with a Jewish divorced woman.
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Halachic approaches to marital relations in a Succah

What are the Halachic approaches to allowing or prohibiting marital relations in one's Succah? Note: This question does not ask for the final accepted Halachah, but for the sources for different ...
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Can a man hug or kiss a man?

There seems to be a custom that men hug (cheek kiss) each other when they greet each other (especially if they did not see each other for a long time). Are Jews permitted to do so? (does it matter if ...
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Gender and "Seeding" - Just Torah-Derived or Common Belief?

Niddah 31a writes (Davidson Edition translation): אמר רבי יצחק אמר רבי אמי אשה מזרעת תחילה יולדת זכר איש מזריע תחילה יולדת נקבה שנאמר (ויקרא יב, ב) אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר Rabbi Yitzḥak says that ...

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