I know, I know, to the shiksa ear this sounds incredibly misogynistic. ), the woman visits a ritual purification bath called a mikvah, where she is to bathe totally naked (no jewelry, no nail polish) and cleanse herself in what must be a natural water source.One of my Modern Orthodox friends frequents a particularly ritzy mikvah on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. My friend is very much Orthodox, but is of her own admission someone who “likes to dance around the lines of what [Jews] are supposed to do.” Despite her casual attitude, my friend believes in tradition and the ways it can benefit a relationship.Some extremely Orthodox women even go as far as to shave their natural hair once they’re married.On the flip side, many Modern Orthodox women let their Jewish locks flow in all their glory.
But there is one type of vacation we shouldn’t be taking this summer—and that is from Church.
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.
If you’ve ever walked by a Yeshiva, you’ll notice the female students wearing long skirts and sleeves, and possibly tights.
But before we get that dreidel rolling, it’s important to note that Orthodox Judaism covers a wide spectrum of sects; from the ultra-conservative (Hasidism) to the more secular (Modern Orthodoxy).
And while the Torah (Part I of the Bible for all you goyem) does make certain prescriptions for how and when you get to know each other biblically, certain cultural customs vary between -- and often within -- sects.