Louis Jacobs, a rabbi and scholar of hasidism, and Eduardo Pitchom, a psychoanalyst, offer some insights into hasidic attitudes towards sexuality.
Rabbi Jacobs notes that various motifs arose, throughout the history of hasidism, around the issue of sexuality, in parallel with the movement’s broader development. While they adhered to the Jewish tradition, and therefore could not repudiate their sexuality altogether, hasidic masters cultivated a negative attitude towards sex, largely informed by Lurianic kabbalah. In their minds, the act of sexual intercourse should be performed for the sake of heaven, and should therefore not lead to self-satisfaction. Different emphases developed in time within the numerous branches of hasidism, with either a more positive account of sexuality, or a greater insistence on asceticism.
Eduardo Pitchom shares some observations, drawn from his conversations and interviews with hasidim in Stamford Hill on such subjects as the regularity of sexual intercourse between husband and wife, the laws of menstruation, and matchmaking and marriage.