One way to look at this question is to simply say that there is no such thing as pre-marital sex, as the act of intercourse is one of the ways to become married according to traditional Judaism. Because of this fact, the Bible is relatively silent on this question except to state that a man who has intercourse with a woman who is not his wife, is then required to keep her as a wife and that includes even men who have wives, because in the Torah polygamy is acceptable. Of course that is not how we operate in the modern world, so the question is an important one. In Judaism the sexual act is one of extreme intimacy, and therefore is best performed within the structure of marriage. That said, for couples who are in monogamous, committed relationships, it is not a sin, but should always be considered very carefully.
Jews and Premarital Sex
Jews and Premarital Sex | My Jewish Learning
Editor's Note: This page addresses issues of Jewish law that may not be appropriate for younger readers. In places, it discusses sexual behavior in plain and frank terms. Please exercise appropriate discretion. This article is written from an Orthodox perspective on the topic. In Jewish law , sex is not considered shameful, sinful or obscene. Sex is not a necessary evil for the sole purpose of procreation.
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Jewish traditions across different eras and regions devote considerable attention to sexuality. In Judaism, sexuality is viewed as having both positive and negative potential, depending on the context in which it is expressed. This commandment was understood by the early rabbis to be only binding on men; women are exempt because childbirth puts them in physical danger, though a dissenting opinion is recorded in the mishnah Yevamot This commandment was originally binding on all of humanity, as it was given to Adam , the progenitor of all mankind.