Sex and Marriage
Judaism has a very natural and realistic view of sexuality. Sex plays a very important role in human relationships. Judaism recognises the strength of sexual desire but also sees that this must be carefully controlled. It may only be expressed within a marriage.
The Talmud says that:
A man without a woman is doomed to an existence without joy, without blessing, without experiencing life’s true goodness, without Torah, without protection and without peace.
The importance of marriage in Judaism is seen as lying in the first book of the Torah, Genesis:
Hence a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, so that they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).
This is explained in the Midrash:
G-d created the first human being half male, half female. He then separated the two parts to form a man and a woman.
The Jewish teacher, Maimonides said:
Through the sanctification of marriage, a husband and wife become the closest of relatives.
Judaism also has very strict rules concerning the relationships between husband and wife. A married couple is considered to be a complete organism whereas men and women on their own are incomplete, lacking the qualities of each other. Marriage sanctifies the relationship.