Category - masturbation
There is disagreement among the poskim (decisors of jewish law) whether masturbation is an acceptable way of procuring semen for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilisation. While women clearly can and do masturbate, the topic of masturbation in jewish law refers exclusively to males. Female masturbation normally does not involve emission of fluids, and since that is the focus of most of the discussion in historical texts about male masturbation, so much of what follows will not mention women. last year, one of the contenders for the spokane jewish cultural film festival, which i organize in my role as director of spokane area jewish family services, was sacred sperm. This fascinating documentary examines the personal history of the filmmaker, ori gruder, alongside haredi mores related to masturbation and sex. Is masturbation a sin according to jewish law? I am not married, and find it very hard not to engage in this behavior. The halachic definition of masturbation is seed that is spilled outside of a womans womb. Regarding a couple that cannot have children, a) sacred intimacy between husband and wife is hardly a waste. 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. There are couple of important elements here in judaism, our bodies (and everything else) do not belong to us. Com is a frum jewish site for people struggling with masturbation and watching pornography. There are forums to discuss these issues with other struggling jews. Many have overcome their struggle and share their ideas of how they accomplished that. Jewish law takes a similar attitude toward lashon hara (gossip). But virtually everyone speaks lashon hara , and virtually every young man masturbates sometimes.