Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Sex is not only Assur, but also dangerous!

Rambam, Hilchos Deios 4:19:

כל השטוף בבעילה--זקנה קופצת עליו,
וכוחו תשש ועיניו כהות
וריח רע נודף מפיו ומשחייו;
ושיער ראשו וגבות עיניו וריסי עיניו נושר,
ושיער זקנו ושחייו ושיער רגליו רובה;
ושיניו נופלות.
והרבה כאבים חוץ מאלו באין עליו.
כה אמרו חכמי הרופאים, אחד מאלף מת בשאר חולאים; והאלף, מרוב התשמיש.


Anyone who is engaged in s*xual activity:
old age springs upon him [before its time],
his strength is depleted,
his eyes become dim,
a foul odor emanates from his mouth and armpits,
the hair of his head, his eyebrows, and his eyelashes fall out,
the hair of his beard, armits, and legs grows in abundance,
his teeth fall out,
and he suffers many pains beyond these.
The wise of the doctors have said: One of a thousand dies from other illnesess and a thousand from lots of intercourse.

(Translation of Rav. Zeev Abramson and Rav Eliyahu Touger.)

8 Comments:

Blogger The back of the hill said...

From which we shper that the Rambam knew many with venereal diseases, and we also shper that infection was rife.

We live in different times, and know of good hygiene besides.


But of course a Fustatian physician would obsess on the unpleasant side-effects of urban living.

1:19 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

How is sexual activity defined in this context by the sages?

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nishtaneh HaTeva....

11:16 PM  
Blogger Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...

you got this wrong this quotation deals with male masturbation-a little bit of knowledge is adangerous thing
the first mitsva of the torah is to have sex

12:54 AM  
Anonymous celibacy supporter said...

Datingmaster - WHAT?!

You claim masutbation is the first mitzva of the tora??

How can you say this! This shows how appalling the influence of television in our country is!!

2:37 AM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

CS - Looks like you choose to misunderstand. I wonder why.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Sounds like someone needs to engage in a little fornication.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vus iz mit "pri u'rvi?"

11:00 AM  

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