Originally Posted by emjones
I haven't talked to a rabbi about this, but I think that being polyamorous within Judaism seems completely reasonable. Agree? Disagree?
You're Jewish? You know that your religion isnt just Torah, right? There's this little commentary called the Talmud, you see.
According to the Torah and the Talmud, a man was permitted to marry more than one wife, but a woman could not marry more than one man. Although polygyny was permitted, it was never common. The Talmud never mentions any rabbi with more than one wife. Around 1000 C.E., Ashkenazic Jewry banned polygyny because of pressure from the predominant Christian culture. It continued to be permitted for Sephardic Jews in Islamic lands for many years. To the present day, Yemenite and Ethiopian Jews continue to practice polygyny; however, the modern state of Israel allows only one wife. Those who move to Israel with more than one wife are permitted to remain married to all of the existing wives, but cannot marry additional ones.
There's more there about unmarried ppl having sex as well.
No mention of the wife having other "husbands" or lovers while married. However, if you think about it, women are not prohibited from having relations with each other.
Add in, there are several kinds of Judaism, from "Torah observant" (Orthodox), to the more liberal Reformed. Mileage may vary.