Friday, March 30, 2018

Does Torah allow masturbation?

Does Torah allow one to masturbate? Yes, absolutely! In fact, Torah expects this to happen and gives us the commandments about it.

Let's take a look:
CLV Lv 15:16 A man, when an emission of semen comes forth from him, will bathe all his flesh in water and be unclean until the evening. 
CLV Lv 15:17 Every garment and all leather on which his emission of semen has come, he will rinse in water, and it will be unclean until the evening. 
CLV Lv 15:18 Also a woman with whom a man is lying with an emission of semen, they will both bathe in water and be unclean until the evening.
And here are more specific verses that deal with a specific case of the soldiers:
CLV Dt 23:10 In case there should be a man among you who is not clean because of a happening of the night, then he must go forth outside the camp; he shall not come into the midst of the camp. 
CLV Dt 23:11 When it comes to be just before evening he shall wash in water, and as the sun sets he may come into the midst of the camp.
So as you can see, commandments are very plain and clear. If you masturbate or if you have ejaculated at night, you are to bathe in water, wash your clothes and you are unclean until the evening. If you are a soldier and you are camping at the camp, you also can't come back to the camp until the sun sets.

So as you can see, masturbation is not only allowed but expected. The reason why God allows it is because God knows what it is like to be without a woman or that one can have thoughts and dreams that may make you ejaculate by accident. 

Please note that this is the ejaculation that makes you or your woman unclean. If you do not ejaculate then you are clean even if you had sex. And a woman can't get unclean from sex unless a man has ejaculated near or on/in her.

Also, masturbation is a method for both sexes to release sexual tensions, so it actually plays a very important role in Torah observant society. You are prohibited to have casual sex by the Torah because it is prostitution and sexual perversion, so you are expected to masturbate if you do not have a partner or if your partner is away.

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