Category - masturbation
Jacob milgrom acknowledged that while the rabbis condemned masturbation, it is their enactment, not that of scripture. Leviticus 151618 states that any male who emits semen is considered ritually impure - whether the emission came through masturbation, nocturnal emission, or sex between married heterosexual partners. The act to which this phrase refers is interrupted coitus, but the jewish mystical tradition applied it to masturbation as well. Taking their cue from this biblical phrase, the mystics asserted that since a man who masturbates prevents the use of that semen for conceiving a child, he is guilty not only of murder but of the murder of his own (potential) children. Multi jewish perspectives on moral and ethical questions answered by some of the most respected conservative, orthodox and reform rabbis. Is masturbation a sin according to jewish law? I am not married, and find it very hard not to engage in this behavior. There are couple of important elements here in judaism, our bodies (and everything else) do not belong to us. The most authoritative work of jewish law, the shulchan aruch (even haezer ch. 23), states categorically that it is forbidden to release semen for no purpose and this is as serious a sin as any in the torahthose who masturbateand release semen, not only is it a serious sinbut it is as though theyve killed a human being. Genesis 218 - then the lord god said, it is not good for the man to be alone i will make him a helper suitable for him. even if you dont believe masturbation is a sin, if it is controlling you then it is a sin. Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me but i will not be mastered by anything. So, masturbation does not necessarily include lustful thoughts, and thus cannot always be interpreted as adultery, even by the most conservative christians. Conclusions for many conservative christians, masturbation that includes feelings of lust towards person as a sexual object is a form of adultery, as proscribed by jesus. new biblical translations abandoned references to masturbators and switched the attack to homosexuals. The last religious writing in english that interpreted 1 corinthians 69 as referring to masturbation is believed to be the roman catholic encyclopedia of 1967. Masturbation? There is no prohibition against it in the bible, hornsby says. The famous genesis story of onan, for instance, has nothing to do with masturbation being bad. Its about a royal man engaging in coitus interruptus to shirk his procreative duties to his deceased husbands wife, so that his own son would inherit riches.