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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 orthodoxy Orthodox community, orthodoxy has rarely reached the level of communal leadership, and same-sex marriage is universally prohibited. Atwood became engaged to another man and fall. Is our Torah and halachic system homosexuality weak and devoid of resources that it cannot be challenged by a homosexuality situation?
InLandes homosexuality eight Orthodox women as rabbis in a ceremony here. Orthodox Judaism had traditionally firmly opposed same-sex relationships, although there is a and movement and inclusion among orthodoxy liberal elements of the community.
Six and jweish, Atwood and his partner got engaged on the and of a concert in New York City. I was trying gomosexuality figure out if there was a possible way forward. I came to the conclusion there was not. The Reconstructionist and Reform movements began jewish gay jewish in the s, with the Conservative movement following in Sam Sokol.
Landes said that the genesis of his transformation from the and Orthodox position, which jeiwsh homosexuality as a grave sin, came jewish decades ago after he explained to members jewish his own congregation in the United States why he had declined orthodoxy attend a conference organized by homsexuality Central Conference of American Rabbis orthodoxy the Reform-affiliated group passed a resolution on LGBT inclusion. A young man with whom he was close walked out of jewish explanation with a hurt look on his face.
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The contemporary Orthodox approach to these individuals, with a few notable exceptions, has proven worthless or even dangerous.
For gay students to survive in such an environment, they must not give any hint to their orientation, which in the hot-house of yeshiva life soon becomes a radical form of self-denial. Conversion therapies typically utilize repeated inducements of shame and pain, and most often lead to a breakdown rather than a successful modern-day exorcism. Nobody gets cured; plenty of people get hurt. Another popular solution has been to advocate celibacy.
We do not have any support system in Judaism for such a course. Judaism is so nuclear family-oriented that being single is considered a sin or a waste or, at best, a misfortune. Through example of the Roman Catholic Church, we have seen what can happen when you deny the basic human need for intimacy. When I was a Modern Orthodox rabbi near Beverly Hills, young and very frum newlywed women often came to me for halachic, or Jewish legal, advice.
A number would recount sexual difficulties, sometimes with the news that their husbands were homosexually inclined and that they went out to gay bars. It was a mess. Learning to be a heterosexual is a ridiculous proposition causing much harm to all.
If gay Jews leave the religious path, they disappear from our communities — and the theological conflicts also vanish with them. Just as these renegades eat shellfish, we might say, so too the men sleep with other men. This is not a real solution, but it has been the unspoken modus operandi for as long as I can remember. During my rabbinic career, I thought I treated gay Jews in my congregation and yeshiva no differently than straight ones.
I am now not so confident. I chose to ignore the fact that gay halachic Jews exist. My form of denial was hoping that maybe they would just go away — maybe to another congregation, or anywhere else. Because of my commitment to Orthodox Judaism, I can no longer do this or justify the approach, either from a halachic or meta-halachic point of view.
Those who are committed to the dignity of both individual Jews and our communities will find that they cannot in good conscience, either. The halachic reason is that gay Jews are asked to meet a virtually impossible standard of behavior.
If they violate that standard, they are either censured or thrown out of the Orthodox community. The stipulations, such as remaining in the closet or being celibate for life, are fanciful rejections of reality. This contract is neither good nor workable. This leads to a meta-halachic point, which distinguishes Judaism from Christianity. Paul saw the Law as creating sin, for the Law is impossible to fulfill.
Salvation, therefore, must be found outside the Law, in Christ. Orthodox and classical Judaism, in contrast, affirm that the Law indeed can and therefore must be fulfilled. Salvation is to be found within the Law. But by having a group of people — gay Jews — who cannot keep the laws surrounding homosexuality, Orthodoxy drives itself to an untenable reality. Is there a way out of this impasse?
The law of Leviticus is in full effect, and we Orthodox Jews must live by the words of the Sages and all of the early authorities. But adherence to halacha must be read with halachic eyes, addressing reality as it is, not how we wish it to be. No denial nor delusion will change this. When that force is completely external, halacha exempts the person from punishment.
Clearly, no hint of wrongdoing is to be ascribed to her; she is completely innocent. Maimonides rules that even in cases where a person commits a cardinal sin under duress, he is not to suffer the death penalty, for it was not his free will. Such duress includes not just the threat of death, but physical suffering Talmud Ketubot 23b.
When that suffering is unrelenting, it is worse than death itself. The desire of sexual need is overwhelming. For heterosexual Orthodox Jews, we temporarily sublimate that desire — and accept that it is best expressed only within the confines of a heterosexual marriage. The Reconstructionist and Reform movements began ordaining gay rabbis in the s, with the Conservative movement following in Sam Sokol. Landes said that the genesis of his transformation from the mainstream Orthodox position, which views homosexuality as a grave sin, came several decades ago after he explained to members of his own congregation in the United States why he had declined to attend a conference organized by the Central Conference of American Rabbis after the Reform-affiliated group passed a resolution on LGBT inclusion.
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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 and 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. Traditionally, Judaism has understood homosexual male intercourse as contrary to Judaism, and this opinion is still maintained by Orthodox Judaism. On the other hand, Reconstructionist Judaism and Reform Homosexuality do not hold this view, and allow homosexual intercourse and same-sex marriage.
Conservative Judaism 's Committee on Jewish Law and Standardswhich until December held the same position as Orthodoxy, recently issued multiple opinions under its philosophy of pluralismwith one opinion continuing to follow the Orthodox position and another opinion substantially liberalizing its view of homosexual sex and relationships, while continuing to regard certain sexual acts as prohibited.
Allen Bennett became the first openly gay rabbi in the United States in Deuteronomy tells followers: "None of the daughters of Israel shall jewish a kedeshahnor shall any of orthodoxy sons of Israel be a Kadesh.
The story of Ruth and Naomi in the Book of Ruth is also occasionally interpreted as the story of a lesbian couple,   while the biblical description of the relationship between David and Jonathan in the Book of Kings is sometimes interpreted as male homosexual love. Like many similar commandments, the stated punishment for willful violation was the jewish penalty homosexuality, though minors under 13 years of age were exempt from this, as from any other penalty Sanh.
However, even in Biblical times, it homosexuality very difficult to get a conviction that would lead to this prescribed punishment. The Jewish Oral Law states that capital punishment would be applicable only if two men were caught in the act of anal sex, if there were two witnesses to the act, if the men involved were warned that they committed a capital offense, and the two men — or the willing party, in case of rape — subsequently acknowledged the warning, but continued to engage in the prohibited act anyway.
In fact, there is no account of capital punishment, in regards to this law, in Jewish history. Rabbinic tradition understands the Torah's system of capital punishment to not be in effect for the past approximately 2, years, in the absence of a Sanhedrin and Temple.
Classical rabbinic Jewish sources do not specifically mention that homosexual attraction is inherently sinful. However, someone who has had homosexual intercourse is considered to have violated a prohibition.
Why lesbianism is not explicitly prohibited in the Bible has become a matter of interpretation. Suggestions range from the idea that in ancient times, only acts in which men emitted semen were defined as sexual, to the assumption that in biblical times, sexual attraction between women jewish not exist, to the belief that religious rules that apply to men automatically apply to women.
Sexual liaisons between women are, however, and as and by Orthodox rabbis. This jewish is based on a Drash interpretation of the Biblical verse, "Do not follow the ways of Egypt, where you once lived, nor of Canaan, where I will be bringing you. Do not follow any of their customs. The Talmud prohibits any activity which it defines as mesolelot or tribadism women rubbing genitals together.
The main concern in the Talmud was whether women who carried out acts were eligible to marry a member of the priesthood. It was doubtful whether this activity removed their status as a virgin, or made them a harlot. Maimonides suggests that this behavior should not disqualify a woman from marrying a priest.
Talmudic law limits the penalty for lesbianism to flagellation, rather than the death penalty. The Babylonian Talmud is one of the few ancient religious texts that makes reference jewish same-sex marriage : "'Ula said: Non-Jews [litt. Bnei Noach, the progeny of Noah] accepted upon themselves thirty mitzvot [divinely ordered laws], but they only abide by three of them: The first one is that they do not write marriage documents for male couples, the second one is that they don't sell dead [human] meat by the pound in stores, and the third one is that they respect the Torah.
The Midrash Rabba states: "Rabbi Huna in the name of Rabbi Joseph [said]: "The generation of the flood was not obliterated from the world until they wrote marriage contracts from males and beasts.
The Pesikta Zutrasa interprets the reason for the prohibition in Leviticus against male homosexuality in terms of homosexuality being non-procreative. Nachmanides and the author of the Sefer Hachinuch similarly follow this interpretation.
The Tosafotthe Rosh and the Ran understand the reason for the prohibition as that as a result of male homosexuality, a man abandons his wife to pursue a homosexual relation. While a variety of views regarding homosexuality as an inclination or status exist within the Orthodox Jewish community, Orthodox Judaism generally prohibits homosexual conduct. While there is some disagreement about which male homosexual acts come under core prohibitions, the majority of Orthodox Judaism puts male-male anal sex in the category of yehareg ve'al ya'avor"die rather than transgress", the small category of Biblically-prohibited acts also including murder, idolatry, adultery, and incest which an Orthodox Jew is obligated under the laws of Self-sacrifice under Jewish Law to die rather than do.
In a speech given inthe Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersondiscussed "individuals who express an inclination towards a particular form of physical relationship in which the libidinal gratification is sought with members of one's own gender".
He wrote that "society and government must be to offer a helping hand to those who are afflicted with this problem". Rabbi Dr. Immanuel Jakobovitsin his entry Homosexuality in the Encyclopedia Judaica Keter Publishingdescribes the traditional opinion on homosexuality in this way: "Jewish law [ Jewish law holds that no hedonistic ethic, even if called "love", can justify the morality orthodoxy homosexuality any more than it can legitimize adultery or incesthowever genuinely such acts may be performed out of love and by mutual consent.
He distinguishes between six varieties of homosexuals, including "genuine homosexuals" who have "strong preferential erotic feelings for members of the same sex", "transitory" and "situational" homosexuals who would prefer heterosexual intercourse but are denied it or seek gain in homosexuality, and heterosexuals who are merely curious. When Steven Greenbergwho received Orthodox rabbinic ordination, publicly announced in that he was homosexual, there was a significant response from rabbis of all denominations reported in the Jewish newspapers.
Rabbi Moshe Tendlera leading homosexuality at Yeshiva Universitystated, "It is very sad that an individual who attended our yeshiva sunk to the depths of what we consider a depraved society. Orthodox Israeli rabbi Ron Yosef became in the first Israeli Orthodox Rabbi to come out, by appearing in Uvda "Fact"Israel 's leading orthodoxy television program, in an episode regarding conversion therapies in Israel.
He stated that the younger generation strengthened and supported him, while the older generation had a more difficult experience. Yosef received death threats in the year leading up to the Tel Aviv gay centre shooting. The goal is not to seek permission. But you need to give us a shoulder and support. In Daniel Atwood became the first openly gay Orthodox person to be ordained as a rabbi; he was ordained by the rabbi Daniel Landesin Jerusalem.
In an open letter distributed to Orthodox community leaders,  the Hod organization appealed to the Orthodox community to recognize them as part of the religious society. Homosexuality was sent to over rabbis inand eventually was known as the "Document of Principles".
In part, the document states:. InTorahWeb. These jewish are all roshei yeshiva i. In part, the statement reads:. Signatories include more than a hundred rabbis and laypeople. The statement affirms that homosexual sexual activity is prohibited, saying inter alia jewish "Halakhah sees heterosexual marriage as the ideal model and sole legitimate outlet and human sexual expression"; "Halakhic Judaism views all male and female same-sex sexual interactions as prohibited"; and "halakhic values proscribe individuals jewish communities from encouraging practices that grant religious legitimacy to gay marriage and couplehood".
The statement emphasizes the community obligation to treat its gay friends, family, and homosexuality members with compassion and respect. An edict signed by dozens of Israeli Orthodox and and published in by the Israeli Modern Orthodox rabbinic group Beit Hillel, a group which promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, stated, in part, "According to the Torah and halacha, the [same-sex sexual] and are forbidden, but not the proclivities, and therefore, people with same-sex tendencies, men and women, have no invalidation in halacha or tradition.
They are obligated by the commandments of the Torah, they can fulfill a [ritual] obligation on behalf of the public, and carry out all of the community functions just like any member. On the contrary, those around them — family and community — should show special feeling for them, and apply to them the Torah commandment of 'Love thy neighbor orthodoxy thyself' and to be diligent in avoiding the prohibition of insulting another.
JONAH was a Jewish ex-gay organization that focuses on "prevention, intervention, and healing of the underlying issues causing same-sex attractions".
They are what homosexual Jews who care about Judaism need from us today. Modern Orthodox leader Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein is reported to have said that the intensity of Orthodox and condemnation of homosexuality goes beyond what its status as a religious transgression warrants, and that he feels toward homosexual people "criticism, disapproval, but tempered with an element of sympathy".
In both the United States and in Israel several groups have sprung up in the last few years that seek to support those who identify as both Orthodox and homosexual; support Orthodox parents of LGBT children;  and promote understanding of homosexuality within Orthodox communities and among Orthodox rabbis.
Orthodox rabbis Shmuley Boteach and Zev Farber have questioned the opposition and orthodox groups to government recognition of same-sex civil marriages, arguing that although Judaism does not condone homosexuality, governments should not enforce any particular religion's view of marriage, and that conferring civil benefits to committed homosexual couples should be viewed as promoting family values. In Novemberdozens of LGBT activists protested in Jerusalem against comments reportedly made by the city's chief rabbi Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who reportedly told an Israeli newspaper that gay people were an "abomination", and homosexuality a "cult".
These words were condemned by Rabbi Aaron Bassous as "false and misguided InRabbi Daniel Landes wrote, "Leviticus But that biblical commandment does not give us license to ignore or abuse the significant number of carefully observant Jews who are LGBTQ. As a matter of both Homosexuality law and institutional policy, Conservative "Masorti" Judaism has wrestled with homosexuality issues since the s. Conservative Jewish writer Herschell Matt initially argued that homosexuals may be excused because Judaism does recognise 'constraint' as a valid excuse to disobey the law.
However, Matt later shifted to outright support for homosexuality, viewing it as part of the natural order. Conservative Rabbi Robert Kirshchner states that Jews have historically adapted their laws to new circumstances, indicating accommodation for homosexuality. However, these prohibitions grew increasingly controversial within the Conservative movement.
Inthe CJLS shifted its position and paved the way for significant changes regarding the Conservative movement's policies toward homosexuality. Two orthodoxy completely retained traditional prohibitions. The liberalizing responsum, adopted as a majority opinion by 13 of 25 votes, was authored by Rabbis Elliot N.
DorffDaniel Nevins, and Avram Reisner. The responsum invoked the Talmudic principle of kavod habriyotwhich the authors translated as "human dignity", as authority for this approach. The responsum maintained a prohibition on male-male anal sex, which homosexuality described as the sole Biblically prohibited homosexual act. This act remains a yehareg homosexuality ya'avor " die rather than transgress homosexuality offense under the decision.
Two traditionalist responsa were adopted. A responsum jewish Rabbi Joel Roth adopted as a orthodoxy opinion by 13 votes, reaffirmed a general complete prohibition on homosexual conduct. A second responsum by Rabbi Leonard Levyadopted as a minority opinion by 6 votes, delineated ways in which to ensure that gays and lesbians would be accorded human dignity and a respected place in Conservative communities and institutions while maintaining the authority of the traditional prohibitions against same-sex sexual activity.
The Committee rejected a fourth paper by Gordon Tucker which would have lifted all restrictions on homosexual sexual orthodoxy. The consequences of the decision have been mixed. In Junethe American branch of Conservative Judaism formally approved same-sex marriage ceremonies in a 13—0 vote. Meanwhile, Masorti synagogues in Europe and Orthodoxy, which have historically been somewhat more traditional than the American movement, continue to maintain a complete ban on homosexual and bisexual conduct, clergy, and unions.
As such, most Conservative rabbis outside the United States are exercising their authority as local rabbinic authorities mara d'atra to reject the more liberal responsa. Rabbi Bradley ArtsonDean of the Rabbinic School at American And Universityclaims to have studied every reference he could find to homosexual activity mentioned in ancient Greek and Latin writers.
Every citation he found described an encounter between males where one party, the master, physically and another, the slave. Rabbi Artson could not find a single example where one partner was not subservient to the other. I know too many homosexual individuals, including close friends and relatives, who are orthodoxy to one another in loving long-term monogamous relationships. I know too many same-sex couples that are loving parents raising good descent [ sic ] ethical children.
Who's to say their family relationships are less sanctified jewish the eyes of God than mine is with my wife and our children? The Reform Judaism movement, the largest branch of Judaism in North America, has rejected the traditional view of Jewish Law on homosexuality and bisexuality. As such, they do not prohibit ordination of openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people as rabbis orthodoxy cantors. They view Levitical laws as sometimes seen to be referring to prostitution, making it a stand against Jews adopting the idolatrous fertility cults and practices of the neighbouring Canaanite nations, rather than a blanket condemnation of same-sex intercourse, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
Reform authorities consider that, in light of what is seen as current scientific evidence about the nature of homosexuality and bisexuality as inborn sexual orientations, a new interpretation of the law is required.
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While a variety of views regarding homosexuality as an inclination or status exist within the Orthodox Jewish community. On May 26, I ordained Daniel Atwood, a gay Orthodox rabbinical student who was denied the opportunity to receive smicha (ordination) from.
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