SoCal JYAE: Discussion on Non-Marital Sex in Judaism

Last week, Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment (SoCalJYAE) held its fourth monthly discussion on Sex & Relationships in Judaism.  The discussion, led by SoCalJYAE’s Rabbi Drew Kaplan, explored the view against non-marital sex in the Jewish tradition.

The event, held in Carson, was the first time SoCalJYAE has held an event north of Long Beach (SoCalJYAE has held events, such as the earlier events in the series, in Long BeachOrange County, and Riverside).  Designed to be more geographically accessible to South Bay residents, this event expanded the geographical reach of SoCalJYAE programming.  As with all of the events in the “Jews, Brews and Rabbi Drew” series, the event was a potluck beer event held at a private residence.

The topic under discussion proved to be of great interest to those in attendance.  “The discussion was extremely educational!” said attendee Eli Pilowsky.  “I thank Rabbi Drew and encourage him to have more of these discussions. I liked it because everyone that attended was a mature crowd and I felt comfortable asking questions on the material being discussed.”

“I enjoyed how much the participants were engrossed in the discussion, especially since it seemed that this is the primary text upon which the prohibition against non-marital sex in Judaism was established,” said Rabbi Drew.  “Of course, there are details to the discussion, which we were fortunately able to explore in this event.”

For some, they got to really understand the details of the matter: “I found it interesting how the rabbis hinged their entire argument for two single people to abstain from sex on a decree King David’s court allegedly decreed centuries before,”  said attendee Guershon Moreno. “And, to top it all off, how many times it’s mentioned.”

Next month’s event will be the final monthly discussion in the spring “Sex & Relationships” series.
Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment’s mission is to enrich the lives of young adults in Southern California through exposing young Jews to their Jewish heritage.

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