Dear Rabbi Lapin and Susan,
I was talking to a friend the other day and he made the statement, “When I meet God, I’m going to ask him why he created men and women with such different sex drives.”
I immediately thought of forwarding the question to you. Please let me know what ancient Jewish wisdom has to say on the subject.
While he’s at it, could your friend find out why God created men and women with different emotional needs? Oh, yes, and perhaps also why the average man is taller and hairier than the average woman? Or, for that matter, why people in general have such different natures, personalities, yearnings and talents.
You might have seen, read or heard us teach this paramount principle of ancient Jewish wisdom—every physical detail of our construction reflects a spiritual equivalent.
For instance, God placed male organs externally visible while those of women are largely concealed from view. This reflects the reality that men are largely characterized by unconcealed and aggressive acquisitiveness for both women and property. Women, on the other hand, are far more modest in pursuing men and money. I point out that no men’s clothing catalog contains the word ‘modesty’ whereas women’s fashion advertisements frequently highlight something called a ‘modesty panel’ or features like ‘lined for modesty’. These are impenetrable mysteries to men.