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  • I Am for My Beloved

    David S. Ribner and Talli Y. Rosenbaum

    Forthright and frank, yet respectful and sensitive, I Am for My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples will help couples enrich their marital and sexual lives, and maintain passion and intimacy within the framework of Jewish tradition.
    Written by two Orthodox Jewish sex therapists with over 50 years combined experience, I Am for My Beloved conveys essential information about intimacy, sexual anatomy and physiology, sex within the life cycle, and Jewish values and attitudes towards sex – with an informative and practical approach. The information provided in this book will enable couples to enjoy a more open and fulfilling intimate connection, both emotionally and physically.

    About the Authors

    Talli Y. Rosenbaum is an individual and couple therapist and is certified as a sex therapist by The American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), as well as the Israeli Society for Sex Therapy (ISST). She cohosts the Intimate Judaism podcast and co-edited the Springer textbook entitled "The Overactive Pelvic Floor". She has authored over 40 journal articles and several book chapters on sexual pain disorders, sexual health, unconsummated marriage, and sexuality and Judaism and is an associate editor of the Sexual Medicine Reviews. Talli earned a Masters in Clinical Sociology and Counseling and a certificate in Mental Health Studies from the University of North Texas in Neve Yerushalayim.  She holds a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and before training in psychotherapy, treated patients as a physical therapist for 25 years. In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Talli is the academic advisor for Yahel: The Center for Jewish Intimacy. Talli frequently lectures both in Israel and abroad, to lay as well as professional audiences.  

    David S. Ribner earned his BA, Rabbinic Ordination, MS and MSW degree from Yeshiva University and his doctorate from Columbia University. He is the founder and chairman of the Sex Therapy Training Program, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and is certified as a sex therapist and supervisor in the U.S and Israel. He is in private practice as a sex and marital therapist in Jerusalem, has authored some 40 articles and book chapters and writes and lectures extensively on cultural sensitivity and sexuality. He is also the co-author of Et Le’ehov (A Time to Love): The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy and in addition to AASECT, is a member of the Israel Society for Sex Therapy and the International Academy for Sex Research.

    Praise for I Am For My Beloved

    “This is a wonderful book, with every chapter bringing a tremendous amount of information using clear language, illustrations, case studies, and insights from other professionals. The two professional and experienced authors share decades of valuable research and insights gleaned from their work. A worthwhile and important read.”

    –Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash, Yoetzet Halakha and Sex Educator


    “David Ribner's and Talli Rosenbaum's new book, I Am for My Beloved, is a masterful educational guide in sexuality for a Jewish couple.”

    –Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R, President Emeritus, Nefesh International


    “The present work by David Ribner and Talli Rosenbaum is an important resource for religious Jews who seek to understand the essentials and nuances of sexuality and sexual intimacy through the lens of their tradition. The book's presentation is sophisticated, accessible, practical, scientifically current, religiously sensitive, and wise.”

    –Nachum (Andrew) Klafter M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


    “Ribner and Rosenbaum have written an extraordinary book, filled with the authors’ special blend of profound religious and clinical wisdom. It is destined to become a classic for Jewish couples seeking to enrich and deepen marital intimacy at every stage throughout the life cycle.”

    –Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D., Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training, University of Ottawa

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  • Jewish Marriage

    Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka C.M.

    This book was the first comprehensive manual to deal with all facets of marriage within a halakhic framework. It was informed by the author's experience as an orthodox rabbi and psychologist specializing in marriage issues. Included are chapters dealing with the dating experience, the place of love in life and marriage, the ethics and goals of marriage, marital harmony, conjugal relations in theory and practice, and what happens when the marriage encounters difficulties. This valuable work formulates basic guidelines and gives advice for the development of a sound marriage. It also contains comprehensive notes anchoring the text to authentic Jewish tradition, and incorporates observations from the world of psychology.

    This highly acclaimed guide to marriage has now been reprinted for the first time, and includes an additional chapter on second marriages.

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  • The Zivug

    Chaim Siegel

    The Zohar, the source of Jewish Mysticism, holds a two thousand year old secret. The fall of our world in every generation, dating back to the first man, centers on intimacy gone wrong. The secrets to re-revealing G-d and bringing redemption are dependent on topics that have been taboo in the past. Kabbalists studying such topics take it seriously, but the rest of the world is unaware. These concepts have not been revealed to the rest of us until now – in particular, the concept of zivug. In a world fraught with divorce, depression, disease and lack of direction, understanding the concept of zivug will bring us understanding of the core root and the rectification to create a better, happier life. Whether we are religious or not, logic allows us to reconsider what brought us through our history to this point today. Then we can actualize simple solutions to help us and the world rise to our purpose and potential. In our day and age, when G-d comes in to help based on our actions and that is apparent to us, we call that a miracle. Learn More
  • A Woman's Mitzvah

    Meira Svirsky

    Based on the lectures of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, ''A Woman's Mitzvah'' provides a clear and beautifully written explanation of the principles, details and practical application of the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha (family purity). Halachic (Jewish legal) sources are given in the footnotes, and interesting background and historical information is included. In order to suit the needs of a wide spectrum of teachers and students of the subject, clear definitions between Halacha (law), Minchag (tradition) and Chumrah (stringencies) are given.

    About the Author

    Miera Svirsky came to Israel in 1984 after leaving a career in journalism. She studied under the guidance of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits at EYAHT, Eish HaTorah's Jewish Studies College for Women. 

    Meira has become a reknowned author and lecturer on the topics of family purity and women's issues in Judaism. She received a Bachelor's of Art in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Art in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Miera lives with her husband and children in Jerusalem's Old City

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  • The Shidduch Crisis

    Michael J. Salamon Ph.D.

    The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures takes a hard, honest look at the real difficulties faced by the dating public in today’s Orthodox world. With the rates of divorce and eating disorders rising, complaints regarding the shortage of men and the move away from socializing activities to the extensive use of third-party matchmakers, a true crisis exists and may be worsening. In this book, the author explores these issues, particularly those related to how matches are made. He finds that most are made based on availability, not compatibility, and on superficial criteria that have no relevance to what truly makes a marriage successful. Citing relevant data from the fields of psychology, sociology, and neurology, along with a host of anecdotes from a wide range of people, Dr. Salamon, a well-known psychologist, author, and lecturer, provides guidelines to help alleviate this crisis.

    Dr. Salamon looks at the lists of criteria, the questions that people ask and the expectations for a mate that have developed over the last several years within the shidduch (matchmaking for marriage) process, and shows how they are counter-intuitive for forming healthy marriages. He also shows how much of what passes for background checking, in fact, may be lashon ha-ra (tale bearing). But most importantly, Dr. Salamon provides real suggestions for going beyond the physical, superficial standards that have contributed to a developing shidduch crisis. He advocates an approach where a measure of personal maturity is returned to those who are dating and makes the case for alleviating the external pressures on the dating couple.

    About the Author:

    Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D., FPPR, has worked with the Jewish communities of the Greater New York area for more than two decades. He has been at the forefront of influencing the Jewish community to acknowledge and deal with the challenges it faces, including dating and relationship issues, substance and alcohol abuse, eating and other disorders relating to body image issues, and physical abuse. Dr. Salamon is a sought after speaker by synagogues, yeshivas, and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States. He is the author of many assessment tools including the Life Satisfaction Scale and the Addiction Dependency Scale, as well as the book Home or Nursing Home: Making the Right Choice. He has presented more than 100 papers at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Salamon is the founder and director of the Adult Developmental Center, Inc., a comprehensive psychological consulting practice in Hewlett, NY. He empowers individuals and families to cope with the various psychological challenges that arise throughout the life span. Among his areas of specialization are substance abuse and alcoholism counseling, crisis management, child, family, and marital counseling, therapeutic interventions, and gerontology.

    Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified Diplomate- Fellow Prescribing Psychologist Register.

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