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If you struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA), it is important to first realize that you are no different than any other person that Hashem challenges and that many men and women have indeed found a positive way to overcome this struggle!
Addicts who also struggle with SSA can greatly benefit from the tools on GYE, just as all other addicts.
But it is important to understand that not everyone who has SSA is an addict.
The times for conjugal duty prescribed in the Torah are: for men of independence, every day; for laborers, twice a week; for ass-drivers, once a week; for camel-drivers, once in thirty days; for sailors, once in six months. In a world that made sense, this rumor about joyless sex would better adhere to just about anyone other than Jews. Interestingly enough, a 1995 article in the Jerusalem Post said about modesty practices in other cultures, “[I]n Catholic Mexico of yore with the use of modesty bed sheets with carefully stitched and positioned holes in them.” Looks like its writer confused a scene from the 1992 film Like Water For Chocolate with reality.
(See the Sightings section at the end of this page for more about that film.) One guess as to the origin of the slit sheet belief postulates it as a joking reference to ultra-Orthodox weddings, where men and women are said to attend separate receptions by way of dividing the hall with a curtain.
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Nothing could better capture the presumption about how joyless life must be within the Orthodox faith. Shmuel Boteach, author of the acclaimed Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy labels the sheet rumor as utterly false.
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We’ve put together a variety of SSA resources for you on the right side of this page, and you are invited to peruse the articles below.
Although you may think that all Latinos are Catholic, this is incorrect.
I was born in Mexico City, and, like my parents, I was raised Jewish.