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Evolving Judaism & Homosexuality

One of the core precepts of Reconstructionist thought is that Judaism is always evolving in response to times and circumstances–and thank God for that!

If Judaism had remained static, then our religion would have died out 1,900 years ago when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and we could no longer offer sacrifice. It is precisely Judaism’s ability to adapt and evolve that has kept it living and vibrant, rather than becoming stagnant. Whatever our attempts to convince ourselves to the contrary, Judaism was not handed to us in fixed and final form; rather, Judaism continues to evolve as successive generations of the Jewish people try to understand their obligations to God and to the world.

Homosexuality is one area where Judaism must change, as it has organically in so many other areas down the millennia. Certainly there are verses (two of them) in Torah that condemn homosexual behavior; but many of the standards of ancient Israelite society that we no longer would countenance are likewise enshrined in Torah. Slavery, stoning, vengeance killing–all of these practices are accepted or even promoted by the Torah. And yet we have no problem categorically rejecting them, saying that they no longer conform to a Jewish vision of a just and well-ordered society. Why should homosexuality be different?

It is clear to me that what many people think about gays and lesbians informs the way they read the Bible, rather than the Bible informing what people think about gays and lesbians. In other words, a general societal bias has emphasized–and politicized–this particular prohibition when so many others have, appropriately, been either discarded or reinterpreted.

Judaism provides a framework for formalizing and celebrating loving relationships through kiddushin, marriage. Gay and lesbian couples deserve to be affirmed both civilly and religiously, acknowledging the couple’s legal rights and also the holiness that exists in nurturing and mutually supportive relationships.

A growing number of rabbis see celebrating same-sex marriage as supporting core Jewish values and extending their promise to those who have been unfairly marginalized. It is through simple steps in the name of justice and love that the next chapter in the unfolding narrative of the Jewish people may be written.



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Rachel (Velveteen Rabbi)

posted May 4, 2006 at 4:51 pm


Simple and well-said. Thank you.



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rachel

posted May 4, 2006 at 8:35 pm


are you saying its ok to be gay? i say thats wromg. god made adom and eve, remember if being gay was ok, or right then it would’t be wrong.people would except gays. its a sin to have sexual relasionships with the same sex.



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David Altschul

posted May 5, 2006 at 6:03 pm


To delineate an arena in which “Judaism MUST change” without providing Judaically persuasive reasoning is to leave Judaism behind in favor of some other agenda. Why must Judaism change? Our notion of holiness, kadosh, comes form the same root as “separate”. To be holy is to differentiate from the mass culture. The Talmud has an entire voluem on Judaically sacred marriage, in which “husband” and “wife” are referenced again and again. ANyone who wants to leave Judaism over our stand on sacred marriage as a one-woman, one-man union is free to. People who want to change centuries of halachah, tradion, and communtiy identity to make their own undies comfortable have no right to ask us to trash our heritage.



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Emily

posted May 6, 2006 at 5:25 pm


Rabbi Waxman affirms what makes Judaism great. I was always taught that being a Jew means constantly questioning,rather than simply accpeting mindlessly. It also means tolerance for all. Those who ignorantly condemn gays will be remembered through the lens of history the way we see those who oppressed blacks or Jewa. G-d made all of us the way we are for a reason. Those who use the bible to forward their hatred of those who are different make me embarrassed for Jews everywhere.



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Billy G Albrotton

posted May 6, 2006 at 6:14 pm


If this person wants to live a life style, that the Torah condemns. Then leave G-d, out his life. You cannot destroy what G-d has ordain. Bill



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Sherry

posted May 6, 2006 at 10:59 pm


Torah is the same as it was when it was first written, to today. Its words havent changed in over 3500+ years. Sodom and Gomora fell because they wanted to do whatever they wanted and not follow G-d’s commandments. Rome fell for the same reason. And countless other so-called civilized societies. Are we suppose to condone because people are doing it? The Torah is clear. G-d is clear. He is the same forever. Only man, changes. Their hearts change, their attitudes change towards G-d. We like to fit Him into our mold, our ways. We are suppose to follow His ways, His commandments. is an abomination then as it is now. It hasnt changed and neither should the Jewish view of it.



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Tzvi

posted May 7, 2006 at 8:23 pm


As a Gay jew, I’ll offer my own insight into this debate…for starters lets look at the idea that when one is a jew, one is a jew till the day one dies and even after death. In Torah(from Midrash) it is written that at Mount Sinai, the holy one held the mountain over the camp of the israelites and declared that they would be part of the covanant. In traditional jewish law, if one “forces” a woman to be a bride against her wishes, she can never be divorced from the man she is married to. So true with being jewish and gay. You can’t kick someone out who was not willing to leave in the first place. Also, I invoke the concept I call the “Yom Kippur Principle”, which states that there are 3 categories of Sin, those against one’s fellow man, those against G-d and those against one’s own self. We are taught that we cannot be forgiven for our sins against the Holy one untill we are first forgiven by our fellow men. If Homosexuality is therefore a a sin against the “self” then we must forgive ourselve, and embrace it within us. lastly, I would suggest anyone disputing these to further read the works of the Jewish Existentialists, like Rav Kook, M. Buber, and A. J. Heschel, and they would see that there is a level of acceptance that doing the work of the holy one no matter why is still doing Holy work.



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Lucy

posted May 8, 2006 at 9:38 pm


Rabbi Waxman certainly shares my own view on the subject of homosexuality. Even if one accepts the story of Adam and Eve as fact, that still does not mean that homosexuality is wrong. In the beginning, a union of man and woman was necesarry for populating our species, but as it stands now, there are plenty of humans everywhere, there is no longer a need for sole heterosexuality. It could even be said, considering the state of OVER-population we are now faced with, that God created gay people to help with that problem. More importantly, is the matter of marriage, or any sort of union, being now, foremost, about love, not having kids, or being with someone for the sake of a society’s ideas in general. As for rachel’s comment that “if being gay was ok, or right then it wouldn’t be wrong”, how then, would anti-Semitism be explained? Just because something is sometimes considered “wrong”, does not mean that it actually is. God gave us free-will, and while, for the most part, that’s a good thing, it also means that there are going to be people whos views are not always fair or right. We must realise the entire picture, see through clear, unprejudiced eyes, in order to understand what is truly just.



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Jacques J. Morisset

posted May 8, 2006 at 10:16 pm


We are really living in the end time. Those of you who think that the word of G-d should be changed to justify they life style, are preparing the way for the false messahia. (remember, he is going to be gay).



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Valerie R

posted May 9, 2006 at 4:08 pm


I am Ifa and seek spiritual enlightenment from all of God’s creations. Thank yu so much for your perspective. I feel that I have grown in humility and therefore understanding. Osunmiwa



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Avi Silver

posted May 9, 2006 at 11:14 pm


Why would Hashem make those with lust for the same sex then clearly make laws against it? I’m tired of people changing the Holy Scriptures to fit the way they want to live if it means changing things in their lives they dont want to change or deal with.



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Geraldine

posted May 10, 2006 at 2:03 am


If God says He does not like something accept it. You don’t have to like it. We all talk about freedom of choice and even enjoy it, but when it comes to someone else, including God we don’t want to accept how He feels. We are His creation and He has the right to choose how He wants His creation expressed. Leave God and homosexuals alone they can figure out this issue all by themselves. Those of us who are not homosexuals have our own issues with God that we have to work out with Him. We need to learn to be honest with God and each other about who we are and care for each other. By the way, why do we always assume that sexual expression is NOT a choice ? With all the different sexual practices out there why do we still believe that it is not a choice? If God says NO; it is a choice.



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richard

posted May 10, 2006 at 8:21 pm


.is not something wrong in mentioning “holiness” and a practice that Jehovah comdemns as “an abomination” in the same sentence…..??



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Lara

posted May 10, 2006 at 8:43 pm


Religion and common sense. An unexpected but heartwarming marriage, thank you. Laws and rules (divine or otherwise) have always been heavily colored by the circumstances in which the society that lived them existed and I’d hate to think that we learned nothing new in over 3000 years. People who argue that the Torah is the same today as it was written the first time and directly the word of God should ask themself a few important questions: 1) How do you know that? Corrupt clergy has proven how much power beckons for someone who can instill his whishes as the will of God (especially if no one questions these laws). Or did God approve of slavery? 2) Can you even correctly interpret a text that is so old? If God changes or not, language certainly does. A fun fact a friend of mine (she’s a linguist) brought up: Words shift meaning. The word gay is currently doing that. While previously used as adjective for being happy, now it is mostly used to say homosexual. Do you think the people 3000 years from now will remember that ‘gay’ once meant ‘happy’, when they read a play of a time where that was still the common use for ‘gay’(also, millions of muslim women cover their hair and sometimes even face because of a part in their holy scripture that could mean: “A woman who believes in Allah covers her beauty from head to toe”, or “As a woman married to Mohammed you should cover your jewelry” Quite the difference.



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Sherry

posted May 11, 2006 at 8:34 pm


They have gone back to the earliest written transcripts of the Torah and not one word has change from then to now. To suppose that corrupt clergymen might have changed it is absured. The Christian portion of the bible was re-written many times over to fit the pagan ideas of the “newly converted”. That has been proven. But the Torah has remained the same word for word for over 3500 years. Same meaning to those words, same words used, over and over. Those men revered G-d most definitely. They wouldnt have dared to change anything and face the wrath of HaShem. Don’t twist it to fit your ideas. G-d says homosexuality is wrong. Period! No getting around it, not matter how hard you try.



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Lucy

posted May 12, 2006 at 4:47 am


The question here would be: is the Torah truly the word of God? Can we consider, perhaps, that a few of its transcribers may have “fudged the facts”, as it were, to fit their own ideas about what we should believe? I definitely think that’s possible. Furthermore, the passage which reads: “Though shalt not lie with a man as with a woman…”, has been understood by most experts to refer to shepherds only. Certainly, shepherds were overwhelmingly men in Biblical times, who would sometimes lie together to stay warm. However, if this became sexual, most likely, said shepherds would not be tending to their flock/s as well as they should, and being that sheep were the main livelihood in that time, being used for food, clothing, sacrifice, et cetera, allowing such a precious commodity to become sick, or to fall to predators, is certainly quite detestable. Much of what is said in the Torah is, one must admit, somewhat dated, with references to practises which make little sense these days. I would place the above passage in that category. Most importantly, I can’t understood how anyone can be opposed to two consenting adults who love each other, wanting to express their love, to be together, to live together, to commit their love through a holy union. One last thing, the Pagans did not actually re-write the Bible, conservative right-wing Christians who didn’t feel it was “appropriate” to show Biblical women as strong individuals, or Jesus as a married man with children, they were the ones responsible for that corruption.



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Lynne Arons

posted May 12, 2006 at 6:31 pm


For Crying out loud, the Torah also calls touching the skin of a dead pig an abomination, but we still allow playing football!



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Octharvest

posted May 13, 2006 at 12:02 am


i agree with Sherry…no getting around the word you cant say G-d made gays if He said that their very acts of expressing love was abhorrent to Him.



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Octharvest

posted May 13, 2006 at 12:07 am


“The question here would be: is the Torah truly the word of God? ” well if you dont believe the Torah i s the word of G-D then what do you believe in? you cant believe just one word or parts of the Torah to be a conveinece to you when you feel like it or need it to say how someone else is wrong! you sholud look at it as a whole you cant have some parts of Torah and totally reject other parts.



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Rabbi David.

posted May 13, 2006 at 10:32 pm


My personal belefe is that Moses was saying ” one canot find Kaushah, or conect to G-D, thrue the act of ‘ standing/laying before bulls [haveing sex with]anamals and thrue homosexual acts and as we were and are to be ” A HOLY NATION” AND “A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS”, “A KINGDOM OF PRESTS” and we are “not to do as the nations do”, ie, try to conect to G-D in that fashon, he, Moses, was bringing in a NEW paradime for the world, one that did not confuse sex with ” walking with G-D ” or conectedness to to Ha Shem. But rather we were to do acts of kindness and Justice, etc, These laws were given to our ansesters who having lived in a time when bestiality and homoseuality were religious norms, for so meny this new paradime was considerd revalutenery. ie a “turnaround”, a ” tshuvah”!!!..Today however do we view bestiality and homosexuality as a means , or road to G-D?, I hardly think so… be well. Rabbi David… ;-]



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Lucy

posted May 16, 2006 at 6:02 pm


Well, Octharvest, I believe the parts of the Torah which make sense to me, and don’t appear to contradict the overall message of courage and understanding of our fellow man. Actually, the great thing about free will is that both of us can accept what works for us. To me, homosexuality being a sin just doesn’t pan out. My mum is in love with another woman, it’s obvious to me that they’re meant to be together, and it’s equally obvious to me that my mum couldn t possibly be sinning for being with the woman she loves. Granted, the Torah doesn t actually specifically state that two women together romantically is a sin, but I m also friends with gay men, and I’m quite certain that if my mum and her lover (or any of the other lesbians I know) are not damned for eternity, neither are any of my male friends who happen to be gay. My heart tells me that the Torah is mistaken in that department. You certainly have the right to disagree. I do wish more people would support gay marriage, though, because it would be wonderful if everyone I care about, regardless of whether they’re gay or straight, could marry whomever was right for them, with no worry about whether they could be turned away.



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Crystal

posted May 20, 2006 at 5:28 pm


Thank you so much! It’s disappointing to see that so many people are missing God’s most important message–Love! Those who condemn homosexuals should realize that they’re really condemning themselves, because when we judge others we bring God’s judgement upon ourselves. Now if you can say that you’ve never EVER broken any commmandment in the Torah or the Bible, then be my guest–judge away! But it is NOT our place to judge–only God’s because only He is without sin.



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MigThor

posted June 4, 2006 at 6:34 pm


“Slavery, stoning, vengeance killing all of these practices are accepted or even promoted by the Torah.” From the beginning, G-d let it be known His feelings about “stoning and vengeance Killing” when we were told that no one must bother Cain for what he did. Murder and killing should not be in our hearts. G-d let it be known from the beginning that man and woman should join together to form one. Homosexuality is wrong and it is almost a blasphemy to imply that G-d makes mistakes. Personally, I’ve seen too many women who hook up with women because of their bad experiences with men. I’ve had homosexual feelings tresspass into my mind and I know I’m not one. There is a lot of deception here and it is wrong to keep comforting homosexuals into continuing their sexual behavior when G-d actually hates it.



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96

posted June 4, 2006 at 6:43 pm


Well, I can tell you clearly that it is ok, because it is not against G-d or anything written. If people want to tell their own version of a story that puts it unto their side, then they can, but it’s not true.



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Deeper Ghosts

posted June 16, 2006 at 5:16 am


As a bisexual man it is perplexing that jews are so vicious towards the gays, but i have worked for jews and they always paid me very well. Maybe they valued I was diligent, and intelligent. Still it is darkly funny that the Isreali nation has the most definite desire to kill as many plestinian boys as possible. I wonder how God, sees this. But then again the excuses are there just as the germans. I find this immnesely amusing. The Jewish people have now a remarkable ability to capitalize on their holocaust, erecting museums everywhere, ignoring the fact that thousands of homosexuals, dissidents of any persuation, and Salvs, Gypsies were slaughtered with the same gusto. Oh and of course the slaughter in Iraq which is crawling with jews is different to.



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HASH(0x214aab34)

posted June 29, 2006 at 7:19 pm


gay is a CHOICE, NOT a condition … people deserve to be affirmed NOT their sex-preference … we should tolerate but NEVER accept it …



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Wyrmwood

posted June 30, 2006 at 11:14 pm


Thankyou.



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Stephen Hablinski

posted July 6, 2006 at 9:51 pm


I guess that makes heterosexuality a choice too. So as such, I am really curious about when all of you “sexuality is a choice” believers made the choice to be straight. I am especially interested in the details of the decision making process you had to go through. What were some of the pros and cons you had to weigh? At what age did you decide? Did saved by the bell influence you at all? What was the deal breaker in the end? Anyway, I have always been straight, so I am naturally curious about those of you who actually had to decide.



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Francisco

posted July 9, 2006 at 2:35 am


Please do not be deceived.



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thoth_moon

posted July 11, 2006 at 9:35 pm


The Old Testament refers to homosexual rape (Genesis) and homosexual sex as idolatry (Leviticus) as things that are bad, but certainly not all gays are rapists or idolators. How come they all get stigmatized for a few acts that are condemned, but none of the heteros get mass-condemned even though the Bible condemns certain acts for them, too? There are even people in the Bible itself who may (or may not have been- I wasn’t there, so I can’t clarify one way or the other) gay or bisexual. Geez, when did establishing a relationship with the Creator suddenly become about an obsession with other people’s sex lives? If they’re not harming others (not committing rape or adultery or any other sort of abuse) how is it anyone but their own and God’s business?



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curiouser and curiouser

posted July 19, 2006 at 4:14 pm


rachel said (way back up at the top): “are you saying its ok to be gay?” Yep. “i say thats wromg.” Fine. Then don’t do it. We simply disagree. “god made adom and eve” Well, God made John and Bill and Moishe and Sarah and Susie and Terry and Frank and Bob and Irving and Sally too. And on it goes. And what of it? Apparently (though the Protestant Bible does not reflect this) God made “Adam” and “Lillith” (“Adam’s” first “wife”). That didn’t work out too well, it seems. Half of “Adam” and “Eve’s” progeny turned out to be murderers. Do you believe in analogies? Metaphors? “remember if being gay was ok, or right then it would’t be wrong.” It is only “wrong” in your not-so-humble opinion. Many others disagree. If being stupid was ok, or right, then it wouldn’t be wrong either. (Good grief!) “people would except gays.” Shurely you mean “accept” gays? And, from what I see, many, many, many people DO accept gays – and support their struggle for equality. Only the radical ‘religious’ “right” “except” gays – from full participation in society. “its a sin to have sexual relasionships with the same sex.” Acording to you and your religion. Mine differs. Tell us now, rachel, why should your religious beliefs trump mine?



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ruth

posted July 20, 2006 at 4:07 am


In Romans (the New Testament) It says God gave them over to unnatural desires, men lusting after men. And women after women. But it was unnatural for them. What if it is natural and thats the way God created you. How then can you say it is a sin. What is natural is not a sin if thats the way you are created in the first place.



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Mark I.

posted July 21, 2006 at 1:18 am


There is only love. We can choose to love and accept ourselves and others or judge and condemn them. When you judge someone you are not loving them and therefore not in line with G-d. It is that simple. I can never judge you because the minute I do I stop loving you. I may disagree with what you do but I cannot judge it as wrong or evil because then I am seperating myself from you, from love, from G-d. Homosexuality is a part of life and part of G-ds plan (as anyone studying the natural world will tell you. Read Biological Exuberance for a couple thousand examples in nature). We need to stop judging and start loving. God bless you ALL (even those of you with hate and disgust in your heart. ESPECIALLY those!)



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Amanda Beliveau

posted July 22, 2006 at 5:35 pm


Rabbi Waxman- Thank you for your consideration or the Tanakh and recognizing one reads their beliefs into the Bible. I’ve met many more accepting members of the Jewish community than within the Christian area I was reered in. On behalf of my people, we thank you. You are an ally. I recommend the movie *Trembling Before G-d* to see how the issue is affecting loving, kind, and good Kosher people within the Jewish Orthodox. It’s heartbreaking to these poor souls when their Rabbi tells them they are abominations. We are your brothers and sisters, regardless of who we love. -Lesbian, 21, former Christian



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Irina

posted August 19, 2006 at 11:57 am


Stephen Hablinski! Thank you! I also am very interested in the question that you posed :). Do you notice also how none of the rabid fundies can spell? I find that to be emmensely curios. Curioser still.



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Hester

posted September 2, 2006 at 8:47 am


Good grief! You people (the it’s a sin crowd)act as if it is contagous! What the heck do you care if someone is gay? Are they trying to force you to become gay? Are you terrified they might tempt your wife,or husband away from you?( if so you have problems you need to work on at home,and I suggest you get buisy). You are all so buisy sticking your noses into other peoples buisness,when you need to be taking care of your own! If you have so much unused time on your hands–go do some good works of charity and compassion instead of wasting it on hatred and biggotry! Blessings on you all.



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Kolike

posted September 6, 2006 at 11:32 am


I willit is the god’s creation and we have to accept.As a homosexual,I feel I am alittle different and proud.I love people of same sex with a difference.I am proud that I am a gay and from my heart I love men of same nature



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Azayah

posted September 29, 2006 at 2:06 am


All gays if they dont repent will find out what God realy thinks just ask the sodimites. God didnt create adam and steve He made Adam and Eve. There no were in the torah or in any other scriptures were being gay was excpeted. AND GOD IS A UNCHANGEABLE GOD.



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curiouser and curiouser...

posted October 2, 2006 at 7:09 pm


Tell us, Azayah, if God didn’t create Adam and Steve, then WHO DID??? Please see several posts up about ALL of the children God created. I guesss you TOO ‘forgot’ about “Adam” and “Lillith” (hint: the “wife” before “Eve”). Sheesh already!



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Lisa

posted October 17, 2006 at 2:29 pm


Do any of you homophobics actually know any gay people? Any of your family members gay?…co-workers? You have no idea how agonizing it is to spend years studying God’s word and trying to live a pleasing life to Him and find out that your precious child is gay. What then? Do you disown your own flesh and blood? Do you tell them that the places they’ve entered over the years to worship God are no longer a place welcome to them and that the loving God of their youth now considers them an ‘abomination’? I am a Christian and I’m finding it difficult to find compassion regarding homosexuality among Christians and Jews alike. So where are the homosexuals supposed to go? Are they not to practice a religion at all and be considered pagens or heathens now? Mark I. and Amanda B. I thank you. After so many years of wrongfully judging others and thinking I know my religious ground I’m pulled back and humbled to the realization of what the true meaning of God is…..God is Love; Love for All, PERIOD! — Lisa



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fred lapides

posted March 23, 2007 at 12:57 am


I have no problem with accepting gays into marriage covenant etc but why is it cited here as part of “core Jewish values” when you note that much earlier in history it was not? Do you make “core” whatever you decide fits your vision of things as they ought to be? I do have to admit, theat as an old guy, I got used to 3 brancesh of Jewish service: orthodox, conservative, reform What, please tell me, is Reconstructivist? Sounds like a building in collapse needing lots of work to bolster it. Write me, please. postroad[at]hotmail.com



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Tina

posted July 7, 2007 at 2:52 pm


I was once married to a gay guy. I think I have as much insight into this as anyone. Gays are born gay.
And, I certainly agree with the bloggers who said that G-d made Gays gay. Are you going to say that G-d was wrong when he made whites, Jews, Muslims (well…don’t push me on that one), black basketball players, children with dyslexia…good grief…if you are going to block out gays because they are “bad, sinful” for being born gay, that doesn’t make sense. It just doesn’t make sense. I think some of you are keeping to the “letter of the law” without keeping to the spirit of the law (Torah).
There are many phrases from the Torah. There are contradictions. On which phrases are you going to concentrate your life’s energy?
I don’t believe that everything in this world is totally black and white. I don’t believe that every idea in the Torah is black or white. Use your head. What if a man lusted after men, but slept only with women? What is that? Well, it’s neither black nor white; neither straight nor gay. Sinful…yet not sinful? Well, pretty much everything in THIS world consists of shades of gray. Tall, short, mousy, beautiful…there are shades to everything. The only black and white in this world created by G-d is: breathing, not breathing.
I find it astonishing that some people claim to understand things that probably cannot be understood by anyone but G-d. We can all give it our best shot, but none of you know for certain whether God thinks homosexuality is a sin. Did you see G-d write the Torah? Maybe the part about stoning people, or homosexuality, was added somewhere down the line…
PS I consider myself a conservative Catholic/Jew. No, I don’t want to get into that one…it goes with my heritage. I raised my children as Jews…so I am not a Nazi. However, I wish that the liberal bloggers would stop blaming everything on conservative Christians.



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Tramaine

posted August 15, 2007 at 7:55 pm


Those of us who wish to hold to the commands should look at themselves. There are many things that we do that are commanded against. Not to wear sha’atnez, a cloth woven of wool and linen Deut. 22:11. How many of us follow this. We must remember that sin is sin. No sin less than the next. If we are to take part in tikkun olam then we must constantly question. It is our greatest commandment as Jews. No to question is a sin as well. To judge homosexuality as morally corrupt without examining, without questioning it is not a transgression toward man but G-d. We are all made in the image of G-d, all. This is to say that we like no other creature can ration. If we do not use what we have been giving to repair this torn world, then how do we expect to see the world to come? It is a hard slap in the face of our G-d to be full of kava, and have no kavanah. In the structure of the commandments there has to be an intent to go good. If those among us are LGBT how can we take from them the traditions we have been passed? How can we said to them that they are not fit to participate in what we all, regardless of theology, are apart. Do they take a back set and watch as the rest of us continue to dig ourselves in to a hole? No, they are required to do work as we are. They are require to question. To stand on the shoulders of gaints. To build upon the traditions we have, to enrich them. Our traditions have evolved. We can not continue to block evolution. We mustn’t. All love is of the Lord. All. Any one that says other wise is in misunderstanding of what love is. Love is blind to the “Adam and Steven” argument. Who we love has been determined by nature. And there is room to improve in everyone.



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kimberly

posted February 6, 2008 at 12:53 am


As I read all the comments posted I can not believe my eyes. I am a senior in high school. Everyday I go to school with homosexuals, I however am not. But I realize that they are the same as everyone else.
Have you ever told a kid not to judge someone because of their color, gender, or religious preference? Well let me explain how a deragatory comment against gays works. It goes against everything you said to that child. Sure at first its only homosexuals that they single out but before long it’s everyone. I have meet white people who are racist against whites and blacks who are racist against blacks, is that the message you want to send kids, to hate their own kind? Do you remember when inter-racail marriages were introduced. It was consitered a crime, a sin, and morrally wrong. Can you see the difference?



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Some Parting Reflections
Well, loyal readers, all good things must come to an end and we’ve been informed that this particular experiment in blogging as a forum for creating wide-ranging discussion on topics of interest to contemporary Jews has run its course. Maybe it’s that blogging doesn’t lend itself so well to t

posted 1:00:29pm Mar. 31, 2008 | read full post »

Obama's Lesson and The Jewish Community
There are few times in this blog’s history when I have felt that Rabbi Grossman was one hundred percent correct in her criticisms of my ideas. However, a few weeks ago she called me out for citing a few crack websites on Barak Obama’s advisors. She was right. I never should have cited those web

posted 12:09:08pm Mar. 31, 2008 | read full post »

The Future of Race Relations
As a post-baby boomer, it is interesting to me to see how much of today’s conversation about racial relations is still rooted in the 1960s experience and rhetoric of the civil rights struggle, and the disenchantment that followed. Many in the black and Jewish communities look to this period either

posted 4:04:41pm Mar. 25, 2008 | read full post »

Wright and Wrong of Race and Jews
Years ago, as a rabbinical student, I was one of a group of rabbinical students who visited an African American seminary in Atlanta. My fellow rabbinical students and I expected an uplifting weekend of interfaith sharing like we had experienced in visits to other (largely white) seminaries. We were

posted 12:50:11pm Mar. 24, 2008 | read full post »




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