(55) Loving Again After Loss: Dating and Remarriage After Widowhood
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
1M ago
Losing one’s spouse is one of life’s most difficult and painful experiences. The process of grieving includes feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and isolation. While grieving the loss of a spouse, one also mourns the loss of identity as a member of an intimate partnership and acceptance of a new identity as a widow/er. Well-intentioned friends and family members may urge those who have lost a spouse to “move on,” while others may pass judgment when they begin to date or find a new partner. We are grateful to Marc Tobin and Jodi Wachspress, both of whom lost their partners to cancer, for shar ..read more
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The Sex Strike Controversy: And Intimate Judaism Live Conversation
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
2M ago
The infamous “Sex Strike” was recently spearheaded by influencer Adina Miles, AKA “Flatbush Girl,”  in order to apply communal pressure to men and their rabbis to free Malky Berkowitz, who has been refused a get for four years. This initiative has created a great deal of outrage in Jewish Orthodox communities, and the “responsa” on social media platforms has been passionate and robust. Some have expressed concern that withholding sex, even for one night, is liable to destroy more marriages. Others see the outrage as the problem, and point out the lack of such fury over get refusal.   ..read more
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The Failure of Sexual Health Organizations to Condemn Sexual Violence (crossover episode with Orthodox Conundrum)
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
2M ago
After October 7th, Jews around the world have felt besieged by some erstwhile allies, as some have been silent in the face of rampant antisemitism, and others have openly supported Hamas and its genocidal goals. While there have been many who openly support Jews and Israel, the war in Gaza has also provided a moment of reckoning as we discovered some unhappy surprises about people we thought were our friends. A good example is the reaction to October 7th by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, or AASECT. As an organization dedicated to healthy sexuality ..read more
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(54) Sex Positive Premarital Kallah Instruction
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
3M ago
In many Orthodox communities, premarital sex education taught by Kallah teachers is limited to ensuring wedding night “success” and encouraging strict observance of Nidah laws in order to "guarantee" sexual satisfaction.  Join Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum as they interview two Kallah instructors, Dr. Hadassah Fromson and Dr. Yosefa Wruble, who discuss how they integrate discussions about sexual pleasure and satisfaction together with promoting commitment to traditional observance. Sharing their research and anecdotal experiences, they demonstrate that religion and sex positivity a ..read more
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(53) Navigating Sexual Desire Discrepancies with a Focus on the Emotional Relationship, with Dr. Laurie Watson
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
4M ago
In last months episode, we discussed many of the physical, psychological and social factors that can contribute to sexual desire discrepancy in couples. This month, we are taking a deep dive in to the role of emotional intimacy, attachment styles and relational dynamics on desire. Joining us is expert Dr. Laura Watson, sex therapist, author, and co-host of the popular Foreplay Radio podcast ..read more
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(52) Why Doesn’t My Wife Want to Have Sex With Me?
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
6M ago
When there are desire discrepancies between couples, women are often identified as the partner with less sexual desire. Yet the experience of desire may be different for men and women, and the expectation that desire should be equally matched can create feelings of frustration and rejection. The right question may not be “Why doesn’t she want?” but rather, "What does she want and how does she want it?" In this episode we discuss the fluidity of female desire, how biological and hormonal factors play a role, the differences between spontaneous and responsive desire, and the difference between c ..read more
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(51) Love in War: Strengthening Security and Connection Amidst Trauma and Threat
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
7M ago
As Jews in Israel and worldwide absorb the realities of the horrors of threat, murder and violation, it seems surreal to think or talk about intimacy. Often, one partner seeks closeness and attachment, while the other may need distance. We are in our survival brains and that makes us more reactive. Join Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum for a discussion on intimacy, sex and  peace in the home during war. Spoiler- it’s all normal ..read more
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Should We Sympathize with Sexual Offenders? (Special Episode)
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
9M ago
A podcast hosted by an Orthodox comedian recently featured a controversial interview with a child sex offender.  In response, Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum created a panel to discuss whether there are potential benefits to learning more about people who struggle with attraction to minors and do not offend, as well as those who do. (This episode contains explicit material regarding sexual abuse that some readers may find disturbing.) Show your support for Intimate Judaism by becoming a patron on Patreon! Go to https://www.patreon.com/intimatejudaism to learn more ..read more
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Ancient Love in Modern Times: Celebrating Love on Tu B'Av (BONUS EPISODE)
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
10M ago
The 15th  of Av , also known as Tu B’Av, is a minor Jewish festival which in modern day Israel is celebrated as a holiday of romantic love, not unlike Valentine’s Day.  In this mini bonus episode, Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum discuss the Mishnaic origins of this day, and compare ancient and modern day beliefs about love. To purchase I Am For My Beloved: A Guide To Enhanced Intimacy For Married Couples by Talli Rosenbaum and David Ribner, go to http://www.urimpublications.com/i-am-for-my-beloved-a-guide-to-enhanced-intimacy-for-married-couples.html. For the Hebrew version ..read more
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“Date 'Em 'Til You Hate 'Em”: A Visit with Netflix Star Aleeza Ben Shalom (BONUS EPISODE)
Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships
by Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn
1y ago
Not since Yenta from Fiddler on the Roof has there been a matchmaker as famous as Aleeza Ben Shalom! Join Rabbi Scott Kahn and Talli Rosenbaum for a rollicking discussion with the colorful, engaging and entertaining host of “Jewish Matchmaking ..read more
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