Sex and the Sabbath

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A man wonders if having sex on the Sabbath is a sin, because he isn’t sure if sex is work or play.

So he goes to a priest and asks for his opinion on this question. After consulting the Bible, the priest says, “My son, after an exhaustive search, I am positive that sex is work, and therefore, is not permitted on Sundays.”

The man thinks, what does a priest know about sex? So he goes to a minister, who is, after all, a married man and experienced in this matter. He asks the minister the same question and receives the same reply. Sex is work and therefore forbidden on the Sabbath!

Not pleased with these answers, the man seeks out the ultimate authority: a man whose wisdom is the culmination of thousands of years of tradition and knowledge. In other words, he goes to a rabbi. The rabbi ponders the question, then says, “My son, sex is definitely play.” The man replies, “Rabbi, how can you be so sure when so many others tell me that sex is work?”

The Rabbi answers, “If sex were work, my wife would have the maid do it.”


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