Friday, March 09, 2007

Jewish Sex Study

From: Mark Guterman
Date: Mar 6, 2007
Subject: Jewish Sex Study

An important research study is being conducted right now by Mark Guterman and Orit Avishai of the University of California at Berkeley.

A large-scale internet survey is being conducting for Jews of all denominations - both singles and married couples. The survey is online at:

The study looks at issues regarding Negiah (premarital touching) and Niddah / Taharat HaMishpachah (family purity). Niddah and Negiah play an important role in the every day lives of Jewish men and women. The collection of handbooks on this topic grows from year to year, yet we know very little about how Jewish couples, men, and women experience and observe Niddah and Negiah. Anecdotal evidence and our previous research have led us to conclude that many couples and individuals are experiencing difficulties with this aspect of the Halachah. We are inviting the Jewish community at large to participate in this important survey to shed light on these difficulties and explore some ways to address them. Given the intimate nature of these matters, this brief, online survey is totally anonymous, and no identifiable information is collected.

Thank you very much,
~Mark Guterman


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