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|6. Gazing At Women|
|Secret of Brit Book - Chapter 3: Guarding the Brit|
|Written by Michael|
|Monday, 11 June 2012|
Regarding the Torah commandment, “You shall not go astray after your hearts and after your eyes, (Bamidbar, 15:39) the Talmud explains: “After your hearts – this refers to idolatry. After your eyes – this refers to sexual immorality.” (Berachot 12B)
Today, because of the promiscuity and immodesty that pervade modern life and Western culture, we have become accustomed to this state of affairs, as if this is the natural way to be. However, Jewish Laws demands a higher level of moral behavior.
The Gemara teaches: “You should guard yourself from every evil thing – this means a man should not gaze on an attractive woman, even a single one, nor upon married woman, even if she is ugly.” (Avodah Zora 20A.)
This is because, “A man shouldn’t have sexual thoughts in the day and come to seminal impurity at night.” (Avodah Zora 20B.)
See Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi's Kabbalistic explanation of the prohibition of gazing at women.
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