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What is a Jew to do on Valentine's Day?

When I was in rabbinical school, I would often receive a question from my friends who were not Jewish, especially seminarians from the Christian seminaries:“this might be an awkward question…but can rabbis get married?”I always answered, “not only can we get married, but we are encouraged!”Judaism looks at sexuality in a much different way than Christianity.For example, in Catholicism, priests take a vow of celibacy and therefore do not marry although there are exceptions to this rule.[1]In Catholics (according to many sources), it is ideal for one to remain celibate.This is not the case in Judaism, although there is a misconception as to how we view sexuality.The most common answer for how Judaism views sex is as a means to an end, procreation, in other words, to be fruitful and multiply. This mitzvah, taken from Genesis 1:28, is actually a commandment that is directed to all human males.However, as Jews, we receive another mitzvah regarding our sex, which is in this week’s parashah…