Hat tip to Purim Hero who got to the Jerusalem Post before I did.
There is now
a rabbi a respected academic scholar who has given an opinion that in fact, a woman and a man may have sex, including intercourse, together even if still unmarried. What’s the magic potion? Going to the mikveh afterward and making sure the woman isn’t in the period where she’s nida. Apparently, by fulfilling this act, the woman becomes the man’s pilegesh/concubine.
If I’m doing my arithmetic correctly, this means a man can have two of these pilagshot in the period of a month and not marry either one although I presume they could bear him children just like Ishmael was born to Hagar. The mathematical possibilities are endless here. Presumably, you could have dozens of pilagshot and they can bear a man dozens of children and it would all be kosher.
What’s really special is that I suppose a man can be married and have these relationships as well. It’s good to be the man in Judaism. Praise God!
Can you see the pending HBO series here?
In the arrangement, sanctioned by Jewish law according to these opinions, the woman becomes a pilegesh, or concubine. Neither the man nor the woman has any obligations or rights. Both must adhere to family purity laws in accordance with halacha.
According to halacha, a man is not allowed to come into physical contact with a woman after she has menstruated until she has immersed herself in a mikve. This prohibition is called nida.
Young religious men and women who are committed to the halacha need no longer struggle with their libido, argues Zohar. All those hormones can be channeled into a kosher communion that is free of marital obligations.
Somebody please tell Nice Jewish Girl.
EDIT: The more I think about it, the more I realize that it’s premarital sex for the woman but it’s either premarital or extramarital sex for the man.