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Marital relations when Israel is at war

11 October, 2023


Hello. Is a couple allowed to have relations during the current war in Israel?


Thank you for reaching out to us.

We appreciate your sensitivity to the situation in Israel.

While there is halachic discussion of refraining from relations during an et tzarah, a time of trouble for the Jewish people, this is considered a voluntary act of piety and is not a fundamental halachic requirement. It certainly does not apply on mikveh night or when a couple is trying to conceive.

Relations can also help some couples cope better with a challenging situation and feel more calm and connected.

We recommend first concentrating efforts on making an impact through speaking out, and acts of chessed, tzedakah, and prayer.

May we hear besurot tovot!

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