Today in Rabbis Say the Darndest Things, Ari Schvat ruled that female Mossad agents may engage in “honey-pot sex”—I had never heard the phrase before either—as part of their missions. Which is to say, they can sleep with men as part of their espionage. Among other things, Schvat cited Biblical precedent: Esther slept with the Persian king to save the Jews (though weren’t they married anyway?), and apparently Yael slept with the enemy of her husband in order to tire him out so that his head could be more easily chopped off (Book of Judges, yo).
If said Mossad agent is married, Schvat said, then it would be ideal for her to be divorced and then remarried following a job well done. “Naturally, a job of that sort could be given to a woman who in any event is licentious in her ways,” he added. Er, yes, naturally.
No word on whether men are allowed to sleep with women for the same reason. I think we can guess, however, that the injunction against a man sleeping with another man would still apply, even if it was for the good of the Jewish state.
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.