Rabbi Israel Ariel, leading specialist on the Temple, is one of the most respected rabbis alive today. To attack him or his words practically means to ask for being disrespected. But I’m not going to attack him. G^d forbid!
The past month, we’ve seen more Pride Marches in Israel than ever and more (small) earthquakes too. (They’re beneficial because they release tension that then doesn’t come out in one big boom.) Rabbis used to (selectively) quote the Jerusalem Talmud blaming them on the gays. Not this year. They started understanding that they’re losing that battle.
If you warn people against something and as a result, they start going there even more, you stop this type of warning.
But then comes G^d’s Hand, every year beyond expectations supportive of the Pride March in Jerusalem. The whole year, Rabbi Ariel didn’t say a thing about gays. But just in time for the Jerusalem march on August 2nd, he feels a calling to break the silence? From where comes this impulse to suddenly besmirch the GLBTQs if not from Up High?! The rabbi is not provoked by the interviewer — he delivers a speech of his own making.
Clearly, just as all his colleagues who speak out and don’t speak out, he does not know homosexuals (his GLBTQ family members, who no doubt exist, wisely leave him in the dark) and he insults and degrades a million Jews and 500 times more non-Jews. Talking about baseless hatred.
A month ago, I blogged predicatively: Angry Orthodox rabbis are helping the Pride parades. And yet again they do. There is nothing new under the sun.
Clearly, the Torah and Talmud only forbid homosexual intercourse to heterosexual men. To assume anything else is an insult to G^d. Clearly, homosexuals too cannot live without intimacy and sex. There’s no need to ascribe to them supernatural powers. Clearly, Jewish Law does not permit insulting or degrading others and certainly not underdogs.
Clearly, Jewish Law is unworkable for homosexuals. Don’t blame G^d – It’s not in Heaven. The rabbis, in the 60s, by mistake began to blame homosexuals for a sin not theirs. Reparative “therapist” make millions on false promises to help (and they know it). Countless gay youths commit suicide. (I lost another friend this year and another one just told me that he only stays alive to please others.) And all the rabbis sleep soundly.
Baseless hatred is responsible for all misery. That is not fury and hate. Baseless hatred is that you don’t care. Or that you tell yourself that you care but you don’t do anything to help. The Temple was destroyed because the rabbis did nothing. Going to the funerals isn’t enough.