In this episode: Can pornography have a place in an observant Jewish life? Pornography is most commonly used as a means for masturbation. But it can also be used by women for such a purpose, or by a married couple to help them in their sexual life.
Shemiras Eiynayim:. The prohibition: The prohibition : It is forbidden to stare at the beauty of an Erva [which includes all girls who have reached the age of menstruation  ]. In all cases, it is forbidden to stare at a woman in a promiscuis fashion even if she is not an Erva and one may desire to marry her.
It is well known that there are five activities which one is prohibited to perform on Yom Kippur: eating and drinking, washing, putting on oils, wearing leather shoes, and engaging in marital relations. It is a little less well known that there is a Machloket whether the nature of these prohibitions is a Torah one Deoraita or a Rabbinic one DeRabanan. According to the Rambam Hilchot Shvitat Asorthe prohibition to engage in all of these activities is Deoraita, but Tosafot Yoma 77a s.
The legal decision in which great Rabbis both Ashkenazim and Sephardim participated has been published many times and it was received in all the Bate Dinim both in Eretz Israel and the Gola If a handbreadth of a woman's body [is revealed] in a part which is usually covered, even if she is one's own wife, it is forbidden to recite the Shema' in her presence. If the hair of a woman's head which is usually covered [is visible], it is forbidden to recite the Shema' in her presence even if she is one's own wife …One should beware of hearing a woman singing while he recites the Shema Shulchan Aruch Or. Hayyim 75,
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Sport and Halacha. Like everyone we have a hobby to participate during our spare time and to relax from work and stress. Some would rather paint, some other choose to do dance aerobics or play music and there are others who like to do all kind of sports.
Whoever shares physical intimacy with one of the ariyot without actually becoming involved in sexual relations or embraces and kisses [one of them] out of desire 1 and derives pleasure from the physical contact should be lashed 2 according to Scriptural Law. A person who engages in any of the abovementioned practices is considered likely to engage in forbidden sexual relations. It is forbidden 4 for a person to make motions with his hands or feet or wink with his eyes to one of the ariyotto share mirth with her or to act frivolously with her. A person who performs any of these actions intentionally should be given stripes for rebellious conduct.
Religion brainwashed me into doing irrational and emotionally self-damaging things that I would have easily recognized as primitive and harmful were it not for my indoctrination. Of all the practices I look back on with horror, this was the worst. By removing the veil of secrecy that keeps these practices from public knowledge, my hope is that women suffering within these communities will feel empowered to leave.