Rabbi Maurice Lamm correctly observes that: “sex is the most powerful, all pervasive force in human experience” (The Jewish Way in Love and Marriage, p. 24). He goes on t note that “the abuse of human sexuality has reached the stomach-turning point…Today there is no talk of standards, God’s or society’s. It seems sex is all right in every form – so long as it is not repressed, Freud forbid.” This phenomenon of moral laxity and sexual promiscuity stands in naked contrast to the Torah.
Chapter 18 of the Book of Leviticus teaches that the human sexual drive must be controlled and contained. And by circumscribing sexual relations, the intent is to sanctify them – not eliminate them.