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(Leviticus , ) A man is not allowed to have sexual relations with a woman - including his wife - during and after her menstrual period (Leviticus ), until after she undergoes the proper cleansing procedures in a mikveh. Sexual relation with certain close relations are forbidden.
Though they are generally called incestuous relations, the biblical list does not necessarily correspond to those prohibited under state laws.
And it’s not just women who are expected to cover up.
“You wouldn’t find a strict Orthodox man wearing a tank top or shorts,” said one of my sources.
At least, that’s how I’ve come to understand it." "What is agreed upon is that regular is best,” explained one of my sources.
“Face-to-face intercourse is a preferable means because it makes it an intimate act, as you literally and metaphorically face each other." Ultimately, how you have sex depends on your community and varies from couple to couple, just as it does in the secular world.
Unfortunately, most of the internet resources on the topic are on specific topics.
Being the yenta I am, I tried to offer assistance, to which he responded (without making eye contact), “Not you.” This might sound really weird and kind of sexist to some, as it did to my boyfriend.
But what I explained to him was that it’s not uncommon for stricter Orthodox men and women not to touch, sit next to, or even look directly at members of the opposite sex who are not his or her spouse or family.
Orthodoxy, like Christians, Muslims, and other Judaic sects, dictates abstinence before the covenant of marriage... “This was a lot easier to do when people got married at 18,” acknowledged one of the Modern Orthodox women I spoke to.
And while premarital sex is not condoned, “the sexual relationship between a married couple is very important in Judaism and is considered a mitzvah,” or good deed, she said; and that sex should enable “a couple to relate better and have a full loving experience.” Many of the practices around sex relate back to the principle of modesty, which is big in Orthodoxy.
We all know that orthodox dating practices are different than other Jewish groups or the secular public.