Ordained rabbi and doctor of social work David Ribner has written an illustrated sex guide to help ultra-Orthodox newlywed Jewish couples consummate their marriage.
Because ultra-Orthodox Jews have such little physical contact with the opposite sex, Dr. Ribner wrote “The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy” with co-author Jennie Rosenfeld, PhD.
The book covers very basic sex education for couples who, as Ribner described them, “know nothing.”
The book begins with the difference between the male and female body. Illustrations are reportedly not very graphic, but also come concealed in an envelope as an added precaution and in the event the couple does not want to view them.
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“We wanted this to be acceptable to the widest possible population with the least risk of it being offensive,” he said.
American-born Dr. Ribner, who has counseled Jewish couples for decades, teaches at Bar-Ilan University’s School of Social Work in Israel. He has published a number of studies on sex education for Haredi, considered the most conservative form of Orthodox Judaism.
He said Israel currently has books on sexual education for couples, “but they employ allegorical, vague terminology and no explicit how-to instructions on matters of sexual intercourse.”
“We wanted to give people a sense of not only where to put their sexual organs, but where to put their arms and legs,” Ribner told the Daily Beast. “If you have never seen a movie, never read a book, how are you supposed to know what you do?”
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The Hebrew version of the book, which was originally published in English, will be released by June 30.