This rumor spreads chiefly among non-Orthodox Jews and is not often heard from those of other faiths.
Whatever this snippet of misinformation’s beginnings, the whisper about holes in sheets has become a part of Jewish lore that reflects attitudes towards the fabled strictness of Orthodox practices.
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After the wedding of a young Mexican couple, a scene from the wedding night shows the new wife nervously arranging a sheet over herself.
Also, Simon Louvish’s 1986 book The Death of Moishe-Ganef uses the sheet belief as a plot point.
She learned about Twitter in 2008, after reading an article about an American graduate student in Egypt who had used it to notify his friends that he had been arrested while photographing riots.“Judaism,” he says, “is the one religion that not only allows sex for pleasure but sees sex as the holiest of all acts because it brings life into the even when it doesn’t, it sews two people together as one flesh, one soul.” This tenet of the religion holds true across all branches of Judaism, including the heavily-governed Orthodox.Barbara “short sheeted” Mikkelson This belief turns up as a scene in the 1992 film Como agua para chocolate (Like Water For Chocolate), which is set in the late 1800s.Such is the case with the “sex through a hole in the sheet” rumor.None of the three branches of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform) require this of their adherents, and indeed taking the joy out of marital sex in such a fashion runs directly counter to all things Jewish.
The times for conjugal duty prescribed in the Torah are: for men of independence, every day; for laborers, twice a week; for ass-drivers, once a week; for camel-drivers, once in thirty days; for sailors, once in six months. In a world that made sense, this rumor about joyless sex would better adhere to just about anyone other than Jews. Interestingly enough, a 1995 article in the Jerusalem Post said about modesty practices in other cultures, “[I]n Catholic Mexico of yore with the use of modesty bed sheets with carefully stitched and positioned holes in them.” Looks like its writer confused a scene from the 1992 film Like Water For Chocolate with reality.