Definitions for "Abstinence in Judaism"
Abstinence is the refraining from enjoyments which are lawful in themselves. Abstinence in general can be considered a virtue only when it serves the purpose of consecrating a life to a higher purpose. The saints, or adherents of religious and philosophical systems that teach the mortification of the flesh, practice asceticism only with the view of perfecting the soul for the higher state of bliss for which they believe it to be destined (see Asceticism).