Israel-based therapist releases sex manual for ultra-Orthodox Jews
David Ribner is an ordained Orthodox rabbi, has a master's degree in social work, a doctorate from Columbia University and currently works as a Jerusalem-based sex therapist. He is also co-author of the first-ever educational guide to sex and sexuality for ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Ribner co-authored "The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy" with Orthodox researcher Jennie Rosenfeld, and the book covers everything from the very basics, like the difference between male and female anatomy, to the also-very-basics, like where to put your arms and legs during sex.
The topics addressed are strictly vanilla, but it's information that isn't freely available in ultra-Orthodox communities, Ribner explained in an interview with BBC News: "Sex is only appropriate within a marital context," he said. "Beyond that it's not talked about. Because of that, it's become very difficult for people to have any kind of dialogue about it."
"We wanted there to be a place where people could say, 'I know nothing and I want to know something,'" he added.