Intimacy-Why we lust for forbidden fruits

The lust for the forbidden:

The Sages[1] state that “From the day of the destruction of the Temple the taste of Tashmish was removed and given to the sinners as the verse states that stolen waters are sweet and hidden bread tastes good.” This means that prior to the destruction of the Temple men had a much greater lust for their wives. After the destruction, the temperament of man weakened and the lust for one’s wife has greatly decreased.[2] However, the lust for forbidden relations, for a woman who one is forbidden in having is still in its full desire.


[1] Sanhedrin 75a

[2] Rashi ibid

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