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The Derech Eretz Show
Before making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, Eretz Yisrael, Art of T'shuva, War and Peace, and Torat Eretz Yisrael.
Once again, talkbacks are heating up and turning into personal attacks rather than cultured discussion. So, to cool things down, let’s switch topics to s@x.
I am quite aware that INN readers don’t have any problems whatsoever with viewing forbidden sites on the Internet, but I’ll mention a few things in the hope that you can pass the knowledge on to acquaintances who may have fallen into the darkness of their passions and have trouble overcoming the easy temptations of clicking onto porn sites and the like.
It should be noted that the Torah prohibition, “Thou shall not follow after your heart and your eyes which cause you to stray after them,” applies to looking at immodest images of all types, whether it be hot babes in bikinis, lingerie ads, youtube teasers, models on the runway, as well as hard porn. The damages it causes to the Jewish brain and soul is the same. Many questions and answers, and articles posted on the jewishsexuality.com website deal with this tragic problem in depth, so I won’t elaborate here. Suffice it to say, that the infinite harem of floosies in everyone’s home computer, cell phone, and laptop, is the number one spiritual danger facing the Jewish People today, a major cause of the terrible draught in Israel, and our greatest enemy since the whores of Midian, the homosexual wiles of Amalek, and Potiphar’s wife.
Those who do not guard the Covenant of sexual holiness cause separation between the Jewish People and G-d, as it says in the Shema, “And you turn aside and worship other gods and bow down to them,” and afterward it says, “He will shut up the Heaven so that there shall be no rain.” The Zohar explains that bowing down to foreign gods means engaging in sexual relations with non-Jewish women. The Jews never believed in idol worship, but engaged in it to have an excuse for the sexual perversions that went hand-in-hand with it (Zohar Bereshit, 189B).
Let’s face it. Most of the naked and half-naked sluts on the Internet are shiksas. When someone looks at them, and let’s out a long, “Oh, baby,” sigh of longing, it is like he is bowing down to a foreign god. If, G-d forbid, he spills semen because of this, he is giving his holy energy to the forces of the Other Side. The Zohar explains that the Torah verse, “You shall not give your seed to Molech,” means precisely this.
He is also violated the commandments, “Do not turn astray after their gods,” and “Thou shall not make for yourself molten gods” (Zohar, Vayikra84A).
Furthermore, the Talmud teaches that it is forbidden for a man to gaze upon the beauty of a woman, so that he should not come to evil thoughts and be incited to spill semen in vain (Avodah Zara 20B). Someone who does this is guilty of three Torah prohibitions: gazing at the beauty of a woman, or immodest Internet image; having fantasies about her; and emitting semen in vain.
The Rambam writes: “Whoever gazes at a woman forbidden to him, and says to himself that there is nothing wrong with this, for he hasn’t had sexual relations with her, or even touched her, is mistaken. Gazing at women is a serious wrongdoing, which brings a man to further sexual transgression, as it says, ‘You shall not go astray after your hearts and your eyes’” (Rambam, the Laws of Tshuva, 4:4).
Furthermore, we learn from this week’s Torah portion the gravity of spilling semen in vain, whether through coitus interruptus, as with the sons of Yehuda, Er and Onan, or via pre-marital sex, adultery, homosexuality, masturbation, and the full gamut of sexual prohibitions.
The halachah in the “Shulchan Aruch” states: “It is forbidden to discharge semen in vain. This is a graver sin than any other mentioned in the Torah. Those who practice masturbation and cause the spilling of semen in vain, not only commit a grave sin, they are under a ban, concerning which it is said, ‘Your hands are full of blood,’ and it is equivalent to killing a person.’ See what Rashi wrote concerning Er and Onan in the portion Veyeshev (Bereshit, Ch.37) that they both were stricken by Heaven for the commission of this sin” (Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer, 23:1; and see the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Ch. 151).
Thankfully, Hashem is an all-forgiving Father, ready to accept our sincere, heartfelt calls for pardon. While atonement over sexual transgression requires a serious course of repentance, and not just a passing clop on the chest before clicking on to the next forbidden site, anyone who wants to renew his connection to G-d that he has damaged through his sexual wrongdoings is certainly able to do so.
Now I ask you – wouldn’t you rather I write about aliyah?