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Concubine in Halacha

When divorce is not an option can a married man (sefaradic) whose wife has been avoiding intimacy for YEARS (six to be exact) have a cumcubine?? in the affirmative what kind of cumcubine (jewish or goya) and what are the conditions.My wife has been made aware that I was exploring this possibility as she finds all kind of excuses not to be with me.


While your situation is certainly very tragic, there is no way to permit a concubine. See Even HAezer Siman 26 with the commentaries. The only question is if this is a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition, but either way it is certainly prohibited.

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  1. Why is divorce not an option? I was of the understanding that if the wife refuses intimacy indefinitely, she must be divorced. Is this incorrect?

    1. this is certainly an option, this would depend on the situation, he should be in touch with Rabbanim who could guide him personally

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