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Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
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Episode 10: When Taharat Hamishpacha Strains The Marriage
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
February 14th, 2019
Many people are taught that following Taharat HaMishpacha – the laws of family purity – keeps a marriage fresh, and adds passion to a couple’s sexual relationship. Often, this is true, but many times, it’s not. Some couples find that Taharat HaMishpacha adds a tremendous strain to their relationship. Are there solutions within Halacha? What should a couple in this situation do? Talli Rosenbaum and Rabbi Scott Kahn speak wi …
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Teshuva and Repairing Intimate Relationships
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
October 2nd, 2019
First published in Times of Israel The relationship between God and the Jewish people is dynamic and complex, taking many forms in different contexts and periods. At times, God is referred to as the king and ruler, an object of authority and control whose judgment we fear. At times, He is our father in heaven, from whom we expect nurturing and protection. And some texts, such as the romantic Song of Songs, illustrate God and the Jewish people as …
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Ten tips for new brides
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
January 23rd, 2017
Originally posted in the Times of Israel   The wedding season is upon us, and along with tending to the details of invitations, dresses, flowers and music, many engaged couples prepare for marital life by attending private or group classes with a premarital instructor. In addition to teaching the laws of family purity and mikvah (the ritual bath), many instructors provide some sexual education and instruction and tips for ‘shlom bayit, …
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Shame, conflict and male sexual health
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
January 24th, 2018
First published in Times of Israel Several years ago, I shared my Ten Tips for Raising Sexually Healthy Orthodox Sons. In my seventh tip, “Explain that sexual arousal is a natural part of being human,” I alluded to the existential conflict of healthy young men whose options for sexual expression are limited until marriage. I believed this conveyed a modestly cloaked message to parents to educate their sons that, despite proh …
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Sex is not something you have
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
January 30th, 2020
“Sex is not something you ‘have’ but rather an expression of an intimate and erotic energy that a couple mutually shares.”   This quote, from the recently released book, I Am For My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples by co-authors Talli Rosenbaum and David Ribner, reflects the theme that a passionate marriage is about cultivating a loving, emotionally intimate relationship.       …
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Post Traumatic Stress and Intimacy
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
May 18th, 2017
First published in Times of Israel Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious condition that can affect individuals after being directly or indirectly exposed to a traumatic, life-threatening event. The symptoms of PTSD are intrusive. They include flashbacks and nightmares and difficulties with concentration and sleep. People with PTSD tend to easily get anxious and irritated. Because they become easily triggered, they may avoid crowds …
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When obligatory sex conflicts with human sexual rights
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
October 17th, 2019
The World Association of Sexual Health Congress met recently in Mexico City. Though I was unable to attend due to the Jewish Holidays, I was pleased to receive the following declaration, which discusses pleasure as a basic fundamental right. The statement is as follows: The participants of the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health in Mexico City: RECOGNIZE that: Sexual pleasure is the physical and/or psychological satisfa …
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Marriage and the Traveling Spouse
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
December 11th, 2018
  Tamar and Avi are an American couple in their late thirties who made aliya to Israel two years ago with their four children.  They presented to couple therapy in distress. They reported that they argued frequently about their children, their in-laws, household tasks and money. Tamar said she felt that Avi took her for granted and had no idea what her life was like.  Avi complained, “We hardly ever have sex.” After a m …
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Love in the Time of Corona
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
March 25th, 2020
  The Coronavirus has affected how we live, how we work, how we congregate and how we experience touch and intimacy. The world at large has had to renegotiate the common norms of social intimacy with distancing measures that are increasing daily. Couples are facing a new reality: confinement at home, the need to keep children occupied and help them cope with stress and uncertainty, as well as provide comfort and reassurance to one another. H …
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Episode 7: Jewish #MeToo: Does Adherence to Jewish Law Provide Safety From Sexual Assault?
Author: Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum
November 7th, 2018
    In his recent analysis of the “#MeToo earthquake,” Rabbi Avi Shafran, Agudath Israel of America’s director of public affairs, bemoans the “supposedly enlightened, progressive, post-patriarchal society, with its proud claim to value and respect women,” and questions how we can expect men to respect women who dress and behave immodestly. In contrast, he asserts that sexual abuse is “relatively rare& …
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