In the Talmud, (Nedarim 20a-b) Rabbi Yochanan Ben Dabai provides some advice about marital sex that he received from ministering angels. Children are born lame, he relates, because, the parents "turned the table upside down" for intercourse. They are born mute because of kissing 'that place' (the genitals), are born deaf because the parents spoke during intercourse, and are born blind due to the man looking at his wife's genitals. In the same Talmudic passage, Rabbi Yochanan, a well known sage in the Talmud, takes a different approach. "Anything a man wants to do with his wife, he can do. One can take an example from a piece of meat from the butcher. One can eat it with salt, cook it or broil it, however he pleases. Same thing with fish."
What is Judaism’s view of sex within marriage? Is it really ruled by do’s and dont’s or does anything go? And how do we understand the seemingly coarse comparison of one's wife to a piece of meat or fish? Does she get an opinion the matter? Join Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn for a frank and enlightening discussion. You may be surprised at what you will learn.