RELI 2110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Yetzer Hara, Rav Huna, Talmud
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Love, Sex, and Marriage
A beautiful wife makes for happiness and her husband’s days are doubled. Tebamoth 63b
When a man marries, his sins decrease. Kiddushin 29b.
Whoever remains unmarried does not deserve to be called a man. Yebamoth 63a
A man without a wife is not perfect [complete]. Talmud: Yoma 12a.
Purpose of marriage
•Companionship + happiness
oAll human beings want sexual pleasure
oAll human beings will seek sexual pleasure
oThe only appropriate outlet for sexual pleasure is within a heterosexual marriage
•Sexuality is positive as long as it is licit
•Sex is a mitzvah
•Yetzer hara can be channeled into positive
•Men and women are sexual beings
•Women are modest AND must be modest
•Men must be modest as well
oAre responsible for averting their eyes from an immodest woman
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