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An Unorthodox Book Set for Orthodox Newlyweds

Sex Education Book Translated to Hebrew

By: David Shear
Published: May 22nd, 2013 in Culture » Books » News
The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy

A new book originally published in English is about to be released in Hebrew, and it will be interesting to see how the publication is received by Israel’s Orthodox Jews, it’s intended audience.

The book, "The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy," is intended to teach Israel’s Orthodox community – about a quarter of the Jewish State’s population – all about, “shhhhh” sex!

You read that right. Oy!

The co-author of the book, believed to be the first of its kind, said that he wrote the book to provide useful information for couples prior to their wedding night, and focuses on romance and intimacy and to help them face new challenges.

"If you've never seen a picture, if you've never talked about it, if you've never seen a movie, if you've never had a conversation with parents or friends, how exactly are you supposed to know the mechanics of that particular activity?" said David S. Ribner, an American-born sex therapist and an Orthodox Jew, who gives guidance to a number of Jerusalem’s Orthodox community.

The book gets into every aspect of sex and sexuality, including foreplay to erectile dysfunction and a woman’s period, and is geared towards young adults who are about to be married and thrust into a sexual life, when previously, they had no experience.

While the book does not include illustrations or photos, a sealed envelope attached to the back cover contains sketches of some sexual positions and genitalia. A warning on the envelope warns that the illustrations are explicit, and says "each person should take this into account before viewing the drawings."

Jonathan Rosenblum, an Orthodox Jewish commentator doubts that the book will find its way to the strictest Jewish communities in Israel, though more modern Orthodox Jews might be accepting.

"In some of the more conservative elements, even terms like pregnancy aren't used, because children might ask their mom how she got pregnant," he said. "They might be uncomfortable just having this in the house."


Related articles: Orthodox, Jewish, Newlyweds, Wedding, Sex, Education, Hebrew, The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy, Jonathan Rosenblum
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