The narrow mindedness that sees whatever is outside our people as impure and contaminated is one of those terrible blights that destroys any good building. As they have with many other rights struggles throughout history, Jews have contributed mightily to the fight for LGBTQ equality. In recent years, many Jewish congregations have supported same-sex marriage and welcomed ceremonies into their templesand inthe Union for Reform Judaism officially adopted a transgender rights policy.
I have been an Orthodox rabbi for a long time, and I know my decision will be met with shock and exasperation by many members of the Orthodox community. But I also know that our community desperately needs gay Orthodox rabbis, and we ignore that communal need at our own peril. But that biblical commandment does not give us license to ignore or abuse the significant number of carefully observant Jews who are LGBTQ.
Following Simon Atkins, a gay Catholic man, as he considers converting to Judaism. He travels to Israel to experience views in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, before making a decision. Is Israel really the best place in the world to be gay?
S truggling to come to terms with being gay as a child is by no means an experience unique to those who grow up religious. If you happen to be born into one of the Abrahamic religions, however, you are presented with a unique obstacle on that path. But prejudice against LGBT people is no more the preserve of Islam alone than of Moses, or men with beards with a penchant for preaching from a pulpit. While our attention has been focused on Birmingham, many have forgotten that just a few months ago the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Britain made the very same arguments as well.
By Viviane Feldman. Adi Alouf never thought twice about how the rabbis in her community looked while growing up in San Francisco. Alouf comes across as easygoing and self-assured.
Daniel Landes, a prominent American-Israeli rabbi, granted semichah, Hebrew for ordination, to Daniel Atwood alongside a mixed group of men and women at the Jerusalem Theater on Sunday evening during a ceremony attended by more than guests. While there has been a significant increase in empathy for LGBT Jews in recent years within the Orthodox community, inclusion has rarely reached the level of communal leadership, and same-sex marriage is universally prohibited. Atwood became engaged to another man last fall.
The subject of homosexuality and Judaism dates back to the Torah. The book of Vayikra Leviticus is traditionally regarded as classifying sexual intercourse between males as a to'eivah something abhorred or detested that can be subject to capital punishment by the currently non-existent Sanhedrin under halakha Jewish law. The issue has been a subject of contention within modern Jewish denominationsand has led to debate and division.
The struggle for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer LGBTQ individuals is at the forefront of the modern civil rights movement. We see anti-LGBT discrimination both condoned and approved by local and federal governments on a range of topics, including employment, immigration, and adoption. Though progress is being made, much work remains.
Two verses in Leviticus Leviticus and Leviticus express unequivocal condemnation of male homosexual sex although it is not clear whether what is referred to is intercourse or all sexual acts between men. As evident by its language, the biblical prohibition does not extend to female homosexual acts, though later commentators disapproved of lesbianism. One rabbinic source associates female homosexuality with the activities of the Egyptians and Canaanites, from which the Jews are supposed to abstain.