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Why Do Orthodox Jewish Couples Sleep In Separate Beds?

Dear Jew in the City, Recent studies have shown that married couples sleep better in separate beds. Why do Orthodox couples sleep in separate beds? Sincerely, Sam Dear Sam, Thanks for your question. I can tell you this: the reason isn’t for a better night’s sleep! Historically, mitzvos have had a number of health benefits. […]

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What’s The Jewish Perspective On Pleasure?

Dear Jew in the City, What is the status of physical pleasure in Judaism? Is it good or evil? How can I tell what is too much and what is too little? Sincerely, Rob Dear Rob, Thanks for your question. Now I’m going to ask you one: do you know what musar is? Musar is […]

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Does Halacha Require Two Witnesses In Order To Report Abuse?

Dear Jew in the City- Are two witnesses really required in order to report  physical or sexual abuse? Thanks, Sara Dear Sara, Thanks for your question, though I legit have no idea what you’re talking about. The Torah says, “Whoever kills any person, the murderer shall be executed based on the testimony of witnesses, but […]

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Do Orthodox Jews Perform Virgin Purity Tests?

Dear Jew in the City- I read in The Atlantic that a bunch of religions, including Orthodox Jews, require a purity test, i.e., to check if the bride is a virgin. That is horrifying. Do Orthodox Jews really do this? Thanks, Rebecca Dear Rebecca, Thanks for your question. I hadn’t read that, so I Googled […]

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Does Shomer Negiah Have Allowances for Work or Medical Reasons?

Dear JITC- I work at a school and a nurse there needed to perform a medical procedure and refused to because it meant touching a woman. Does halacha require someone to avoid touching the opposite sex even for work or medical procedures? Sincerely, Bassie Dear Bassie- I am so confused by this question. The nurse […]

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Does Judaism Permit Abortion When Rape or Incest is Involved?

Dear Jew in the City- A lot of people have commented on the fact that Alabama’s new abortion law doesn’t have exceptions for rape or incest. Does Halacha permit abortion when the woman gets pregnant as a result of rape or incest? Thank you, Sasha Dear Sasha- Thanks for your question. I was going to […]

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