My Lust Needs Taming - A Jewish Woman On A Therapeutic Journey

My Lust Needs Taming - A Jewish Woman On A Therapeutic Journey

I was staring at half naked boys at the beach today. As a good and observant Jewish woman, I know I shouldn't because the Shema prayer and the Torah teaches us not to, but sometimes I find my eyes wandering and going astray.


The Shema prayer expressly instructs us to, "Let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner. That shall be your fringe; look at it and recall all the commandments of the LORD and observe them, so that you do not follow your heart and eyes in your lustful urge.


I know these things. I pray the Shema and yet, of late I find myself having to constantly pray that HaShem forgives my lust because it is getting out of hand.


I don't know if it is because I have been single for years and haven't had sex or a part of just growing older. I honestly don't know.


But my hormones are raging and super tall, well toned, golden looking beach boys in super tiny shorts and no shirts are not helping the situation.


I'm only praying that HaShem comes to my rescue soon because wretched me, do my wild, starved and hungry eyes need taming and satiety.


Below is a copy of the Shema prayer for reference purposes.


Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.

You shall love the L-rd your G‑d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

And it will be, if you will diligently obey My commandments which I enjoin upon you this day, to love the L-rd your G‑d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be sated. Take care lest your heart be lured away, and you turn astray and worship alien gods and bow down to them. For then the L-rd's wrath will flare up against you, and He will close the heavens so that there will be no rain and the earth will not yield its produce, and you will swiftly perish from the good land which the L-rd gives you. Therefore, place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul, and bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, to speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates - so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged on the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers to give to them for as long as the heavens are above the earth.

The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to attach a thread of blue on the fringe of each corner. They shall be to you as tzizit, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the L-rd and fulfill them, and you will not follow after your heart and after your eyes by which you go astray - so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your G‑d. I am the L-rd your G‑d who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G‑d; I, the L-rd, am your G‑d. True.