One of the talmud’s classic stories about sexual self-control. When the Babylonian sage Abbaye appoints himself as the “modesty police” and follows a couple to prevent them from engaging in appropriate conduct, he ends up learning an uncomfortable truth about himself.
Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is the rabbi of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, New Jersey. He has taught Liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and served on the editorial committee for Mahzor Lev Shalem, the new High Holiday prayerbook for Conservative Judaism, and for the forthcoming Siddur Lev Shalem.He plays piano and guitar and is a choral arranger and conductor. He lives in Hoboken with his wife, Rabbi Naomi Kalish, a hospital chaplain and chaplaincy educator, and their three daughters.