Tzarich Iyun: Before the Wedding

An interesting and detailed article about the Ashkenazi custom of not seeing each other before the chuppah. Spoiler alert: This is a widespread Ashkenazic practice with little basis in traditional sources.

Light-Hearted Ideas

What’s Light Got To Do With It? Rabbi DovBer Pinson explores why Chanukah is well known as the “Festival of Lights”

Intimacy, Chemistry and the Power of Imagination

Distance can rebuild the imagination serving as a powerful tool that can be utilized to build closeness in any relationship.

Natural Options for Halachic Infertility

Halachic Infertility describes the condition of a woman who ovulates before she has been to the mikvah, making marital relations with her husband impossible at the optimal (or perhaps only) time for fertility. A Fertility Consultant who works with halachic infertility discusses several treatment options.

Dividing Lines

Can a new push for a halachically compatible prenup put an end to the tragedy of agunos and often vicious divorce proceedings that drag on endlessly, causing untold pain and hurt?

Our Evolving Understanding of Genital Pain Disorders

“Educators should also educate young women to not ignore pain in their genitals or difficulties they have with penetration or with inserting tampons,” adds Binik. “Don’t ignore that. It may or may not be relevant, but it can be a warning sign for many women. If your initial sexual experience is painful or you have difficulty at your gynecologist, find someone who can help you with this. Don’t make believe it’s going to go away.”

A multidisciplinary approach can be especially beneficial.

Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk Behaviour: A Cross-Cultural Study in Eight Countries

Alcohol use and unsafe sex are common behaviours and are responsible for a large proportion of the overall burden of diseases. However, very little literature exists on their co-occurrence and interactions including their likely contribution to HIV infection. This is in marked contrast to substantial literature on injecting drug use and HIV infection. The present publication is an initial attempt to fill this gap.

The Truth About Alcohol and Sex

Alcohol use increases the likelihood of unplanned and dangerous sexual liaisons with big lifetime consequences like parenthood, child support and diseases.