Silverstein’s Howler Of The Day: Sex Through A Hole In The Sheet

In the comments to his recent Netanyahu post, anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein makes the following claim:

tallitIsraeli law is no more correct on this or many other issues than the Shulchan Aruch, which dictates that couples have sex via holes in a sheet.

There is no such law in the Shulchan Aruch dictating couples have sex via holes in a sheet.  Anyone familiar with Jewish law and the Shulchan Aruch would knows this. Or alternatively, anyone familiar with Snopes.

The myth derives from seeing Jews in religious neighborhoods hanging their “talitot katan” out to dry. This poncho-like garment is about two feet by four feet, has a fringe on each corner, and a hole in the center for the wearer’s head, and it looks somewhat like a small sheet with a hole, and many people have vivid and warped imaginations.

Given Silverstein can’t identify a tallit katan, perhaps it is easy to see how he would make such a preposterous and insulting claim, despite apparently having attended the Jewish Theological Seminary in his past.

This page is growing by the day.

Thanks To Yoni and Benny in the comments to this post.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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