Israeli Modern-Orthodox rabbi trying to reinvent the wheel finds spokes
I’m saddened by the ‘news’ that an Israeli Modern-Orthodox rabbi has volunteered to be a genius in an area he knows nothing about. He concludes that LGBTQIA people can teach at yeshivas and be synagogue members. But they are already. (Why the JPost publishes this scoop on its Diaspora page is anyone’s guess.) Why does the piece sadden me?
1. There is nothing novel here. He just quotes others. At the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, his predecessor, once, quietly said two brave sentences about this. Instead, he quotes a British rabbi who did a lot of work on this, wrote a whole book, and still didn’t get it (“Gays are inadvertent sinners”).
2. The UK Chief Rabbi, whom you can’t call Modern-Orthodox, has a better understanding, while the Torah should come from Tziyon (Micah 4:2). He understood that the main problem lies in the community rejecting them.
3. It is not bravery if you don’t know much about a subject and then write an ‘important’ paper about it. It is silliness. And sad. It doesn’t even differentiate between Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, etc.
It’s like a man who just heard about feminism and after ‘much’ study but little listening quickly publishes a paper about it.
It’s too little too late. More rabbinic humility is urgently needed.
(Non-Orthodox streams studied nothing and just may try to be modern.)
For the Gay-Curious Jew and Monotheist
Being nice is not the issue. One can’t begin by pondering why the Torah calls moon and sun equally large. You first need to understand the Torah text before you can use it. The Torah describes that the sun and the moon seem (almost) of equal size, which shows when they (almost) overlap. The Creation Story is not history, not science, not philosophy. It’s observation.
Leviticus only forbids homosexual intercourse to Straight men. Of course. Read it. It prohibits [to men] sexual union with a man as if with a woman. Also named transient, situational, emergency, or pseudo homosexuality.
If you have awe for the Torah, you’d never suspect it to deny the existence of whole groups of people, consider some 5% of the population inherently sinful, or assume that they are as holy as Moses and can go without sex. All anti-Gays pronouncements by rabbis are only-60-year-old nonsense.
Most sinners against these verses are not Straight men having intercourse (or any sex really) with random men, but those who suspect LGBTAI+.