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The Kosher Sutra: Eight Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life
The Kosher Sutra: Eight Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life
by Shmuel Boteach
Edition: Paperback
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not groundbreaking; Tantra a little weird, July 31, 2011
I picked up Kosher Sutra based on the recommendation in Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World by Lisa Bloom. The problem with American sex, argues Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, is that it is too climax-driven. As a result, people are bored -- men escape through sports and porn, women escape through shopping and celebrity gossip, and both partners fantasize about past lovers during sex. The solution is sex without orgasm -- climax "kills desire" because "climax is death". He even goes so far as to say that if you fall asleep after sex, there must be something wrong with you and your sex life.

I found a few helpful reminders and nuggets of wisdom in his discussion on the "8 secrets of eroticism" (namely innocence, novelty, the chase, forbidden-ness, opposites attract, reckless abandon, unquenchable yearning, and beyond the body), but his ideas for spicing up the bedroom were mostly the typical Cosmopolitan magazine fare (such as "tell your wife you want her to scream during sex" or "wives should wear lacy undergarments") -- certainly nothing groundbreaking. Other ideas were simply unworkable, such as his suggestion to "set up a webcam in your bedroom" (p. 113) so that once the wife forgets it's there, then the husband, when bored at the office, can download his wife instead of Playmates. Rabbi, most American women work outside of the home during the day, and those that don't are usually caring for children rather than lying around the bedroom doing things that would arouse their husbands if they only had a peek.

I agree with the Rabbi's views on the detriments of porn and the lack of innocence in our sex-saturated culture. Of course married couples should relish the joy of sex; and nurturing this joy with time, energy, and commitment is important to a healthy marriage. But he lost me in his rambling discussion on Tantra and Kabbalah and the hokey exercises therein, especially his description of the "ideal sexual encounter" (p. 219), which begins with staring into your partner's eyes, fully-clothed, in the lotus position for half an hour before moving on to the next stage of alternate breathing exercises. I docked him a whole star for his corny use of "elixir" and "male nectar" in reference to semen.

What bugs me most about his discussion on increasing eroticism through delayed gratification is that Boteach replaces goal-driven sex with rules-driven sex: "always look into each other's eyes during climax" (now that eliminates a few enjoyable sexual positions, doesn't it?) and, not surprisingly, he affirms many Orthodox beliefs about modest dress for women and biblically-mandated sexual separation in marriage. He even has an exercise based on Tantra in which he prescribes which body parts to massage on which days and for how long (2 hours, minimum) over the course of a week, and his claims about the benefits are definitely overblown. Sorry Shmuley, but I think sex should be fun, relaxing, spontaneous, exploratory... but never stifling. I found the way he described Tantra as contrived instead of inspirational - you may feel differently if you were unaware of the importance of foreplay.

Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween
Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween
by Amy E. Sklansky
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Halloween book for Preschool through Grade 2, September 21, 2005
Of all the halloween books we checked out of the library last year (and that was a LOT), this one was my 5-year-old's favorite, and mine, too! It has all of the Halloween necessities -- skeletons, witches, pumpkins, etc. -- but wasn't too scary for a young child. The poems are delightful, and the book is a great way to introduce young children to various forms of poetry, both rhythmic and more free-form. The book includes a wide variety of poems, but thankfully, it's still just the right length for a bedtime read. Lastly, the pictures really make this book stand out from all the rest -- the beading work is amazing. This book will delight children and adults alike!

While Angels Sing
While Angels Sing
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, December 30, 2002
This review is from: While Angels Sing (Audio CD)
Are you getting tired of the same old, mediocre Christmas music year after year? If so, this CD by the National Lutheran Choir is the perfect addition to your holiday repertoire -- fantastic music that has a "Christmasy" feel, yet with none of the typically overplayed carols. This is one of the few CDs I own that requires no skipping of tracks -- all of the pieces are excellent, and the program as a whole is balanced and interesting. My personal favorites on this album are Restoration, Magnificat, Tota Pulcra Es, A Spotless Rose, and Hush, My Dear.
More about the National Lutheran Choir, from the CD insert: "The National Lutheran Choir is comprised of professional choral musicians who perform literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral works, with and without instrumental accompaniment....Selected by auditions held each May, the singers are drawn from a 200-mile radius of Minneapolis/St. Paul for weekly rehearsals. They represent the various Lutheran bodies whose many colleges and universities have provided their musical education. All have received advanced training and most are professionally active in various areas of music."
The rich quality of sound and of the program as a cohesive whole is incredible, clearly a cut above other popular choirs. This CD has inspired me to acquire the whole National Lutheran Choir collection!

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