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Dedicated by Mina and Suzanne Goodman

Day 62

Niddah and Jewish Sexual Ethics

In loving memory of Minky Rochel bas Boruch Zvi Ha Levi

Most people have heard the popular claim that men think about sex every seven seconds (around 8,000 times a day!). But there is no scientific research to back that assertion. The recently released and only definitive study to date (Ohio State University) found the median number of sexually related thoughts per day for men to be about 19, and half of that for women. The study subjects were told to also chart the number of times they thought about food and sleep and, surprisingly, the numbers did not vary greatly from thoughts about sex. So why does sex take up so much mind and heart space? Why does it saturate popular culture and media? Why does it pervade advertising? Why have otherwise sane individuals sabotaged very successful career paths and family units because they were blinded by carnal desire? We seem to be built this way. The first description of man in the Bible is sexual: “Male and female He created them.” On the scale of human urges, sexuality is second, trumped only by the will to survive.


Rebbetzin Rivkah Slonim

Rebbetzin Rivkah Slonim is the Education Director at the Rohr
Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life and an instructor of Jewish
Bio-Medical Ethics at Binghamton University. She is an internationally known and much sought after teacher, lecturer, author,
and activist.

Fact of the Day

May 15, 1944

Deportation of Hungarian Jews SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann went to Hungary to oversee the large-scale deportations. Between 15 May and 9 July, Hungarian authorities deported 437,402 Jews. All but 15,000 of these Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 90% of Hungarian Jews who arrived at Aushawitz were immediately killed. One in three of all Jews killed at Auschwitz were Hungarian citizens.

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Today's Video

What is LOVE and who do YOU love? Love means different things to everyone, so SoulPancake asked a few kids what they thought.

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