Oct
11

“New Hope” for Orthodox Gay Jews


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This is the most exciting, even exhilarating, article I’ve read all week: A New Hope for Gay Orthodox Jews.

This article surveys all of the changes taking place to support the LGBT community within the orthodox community.

Usually, we hear about support for gay, lesbian, same-sex and transgender Jews from the reformed and sometimes conservative Jewish corners. But rarely from the orthodox side. This article is a welcome relief.

An example of a great point they make:

This year, the leading American Orthodox rabbinic organization, the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA), finally rejected reparative therapy. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, urged the Orthodox world to tone down its strident rhetoric on homosexuality. A young Orthodox rabbi, Shmuly Yanklowitz, publicly identified himself as an LGBT ally, and Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of Los Angeles wrote that, given that homosexuality is likely a “feature of the human condition,” gay people “should not any longer have to pay the psychological, emotional and even physical price for our theological comfort.”

You can read more about it here. PS: sorry, no ketubah commentary today!



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