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Blanket during relations

11 August, 2020

Question:

Is it required that the couple be covered with a blanket at the time of relations? Even if this will disrupt shalom bayit (i.e., the husband will be annoyed by the wife’s request for this)? Thank you so much.


Answer:

The rules of appropriate conduct during marital relations are not spelled out clearly in halachic literature. Some guidelines are provided, but very few points are agreed upon by all halachic authorities, and opinions vary widely when it comes to these questions.

There is an opinion that a couple should not be completely unclothed or uncovered during relations, but this does not specifically require a sheet or a blanket as opposed, for instance, to an unbuttoned shirt. There are opinions that do not require coverage. When being covered interferes with normal and enjoyable relations (or as in this case, for shalom bayit reasons), one can rely upon these opinions.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.


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