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 denominations , and 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 Judaism do not hold this view, and allow both homosexual intercourse and same-sex marriage. Conservative Judaism 's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards , which until December held the same position as Orthodoxy, has since issued multiple opinions under its philosophy of pluralism ; one opinion continues to follow the Orthodox position while another opinion substantially liberalizes the view of homosexual sex and relationships while continuing to regard certain sexual acts as prohibited.
Falling in Love at the Gay Synagogue – Moxie
Perhaps you are praying for these friends or family members. Perhaps you want to share the gospel or you have shared the gospel, and you really want them to know that you love them and you want to have a relationship with them. And yet the answer clearly needs to be no. That may break our heart or it may harm the relationship, but the answer needs to be no.
Conservative Halakhah and Homosexuality
When Congregation Or Chadash members began searching for a rabbi two years ago, they sought a spiritual guide and liturgy expert who was special enough to occupy a leadership position they'd kept to themselves. The year-old congregation of mostly gay, lesbian and bisexual Jews, which has been led by laity since its inception, has found those qualities in Suzanne Griffel, 35, a Hyde Park rabbi who happens to be straight. Barry Ave. We are the only mostly gay and lesbian synagogue in the U. The Congregation Or Chadash, which means New Light in Hebrew, decided not to consider sexual orientation when it spoke with prospective rabbis, Edelman said, and he noted that the variety of candidates from across the country who applied for the position showed that acceptance for mostly gay congregations has increased.
Below, Rabbi Daniel Nevins reflects on his part in this process. For the past four years, I have spent many of my spare hours reading the voluminous literature on what Judaism has to say about homosexuality. The early record is quite clear and literally forbidding. Rabbinic law greatly expanded upon this prohibition, banning other forms of sexual intimacy between men, and also sexual intimacy between women.