revealing Talmudic dialogues expose rabbinic bedroom practices -- whether
ascetic or erotic. Spousal conversations are prohibited or mandated. The debate
over quality lovemaking shapes halakhic and kabbalist debates in the medieval
era. The argument reemerges creatively in detailed guidelines for
Ultra-Orthodox couples in which Hassidic and Litvak rabbis promote polarized
marital ideals. Today Litvaks yeshivas encourage men to bridge emotional
disparities with their wives in dialogues inspired by the Talmud.