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Monday, June 18, 2018

Yeshivat Frisch is delighted to welcome Yoetzet Halacha Tova Warburg Sinensky to its faculty this fall. Sinensky, herself a Frisch graduate, will be teaching a new course on Kedushat HaChaim with a focus on sexuality, healthy perspectives on intimacy and taharat hamishpacha, as well as working collaboratively with other faculty to craft and implement this curriculum. The course is intended to provide seniors with accurate information about these topics, and learn about them from the vantage point of Torah values.

Sinensky comes to Frisch after having served as a yoetzet halacha in the greater Philadelphia area, Atlanta and Riverdale. (She will begin serving as yoetzet halacha for the Teaneck community beginning in July). She also served as an adviser and educator for the sexuality/intimacy curriculum for Atlanta Jewish Academy, and has taught similar courses at Ma’ayanot and Kohelet Yeshiva. As an educator, Sinensky says she likes to lead a very student-driven class, creating a safe space for them to ask questions and receive accurate answers to their questions.

“The main goal of the class is for our teenagers to be exposed to information about their bodies, intimacy, sexuality and relationships, in a context where they get all the facts—real facts—coming from a trusted, knowledgeable adult with a Torah perspective on all these things,” said Sinensky. “A lot of our kids get information from many other places and a lot of that information is not true or distorted,” said Sinensky. “It is crucial for our developing teenagers right now, and as they enter into marital relationships, that they’re not coming in with misconceptions that may negatively impact their intimate relationships; rather, they should bring with them an accurate and proper Torah perspective on the role of intimacy to set them up going forward.”

Sinensky hopes that this education will reinforce the students’ desire to learn about and keep the halachot of taharat hamishpacha in the future. “We want our students to have a positive experience from relatable role models so they will want to learn more when the time comes, so they can observe these laws,” she said.