The seemingly pugnacious Torah teacher, paid by the egalitarian Israeli Defense Forces, reportedly has again spoken up against the scourge of homosexuality. Don’t attack him; he’s not the problem and neither are the prolific writers who feel such a need to profess agreeing with him.
First of all, he assumes to strictly teach heterosexual Orthodox cadets to safeguard traditional Jewish values that are under attack by secularism.
He doesn’t try to attack homosexuals but rather to protect young heterosexual men against the craze of the times: sexual “freedom,” read: easily giving in to masturbation, recreational sex, promiscuity, looseness and sex-addiction. He knows that reserving sex for sexual union with one person is bliss and the rest of it is destructive.
And you know what – he’s right. Not just for Judaism but also psychologically. (Not giving license to stigmatizing, scaring, prosecuting and persecuting sexual licentiousness but still to point out that all such “liberty” in the end, does not lead to happiness but rather enslaves.)
The Real Problem Makers
What happens next is that his words are scrutinized as if he’s speaking to the general public and then leaked to make a scandal.
For sure, among his students are boys who are not heterosexual, but he’s not aware of natural unchangeable sexual orientation (although the great Rabbis Kook and Feinstein (1978) eventually became conscious of “innate” homosexuals), only of heterosexuals choosing to go astray. His ignorance endangers the mental health of some of his students. For them in the first place, his words need additional words of wisdom which he doesn’t speak. But still, he’s not the problem. Who are?
The true culprits are all the Orthodox rabbis jointly who are too ignorant and/or scared and/or indifferent and cold to say: Honestly, our 50-year old interpretation of gays, as if they chose wrongly for sin, us ignoring natural unchangeable sexual orientation, does not work. How could we expect people to cleave to a partner with whom they can’t or hundreds of millions of healthy people to forgo all sexuality? It’s impossible and unhealthy and we don’t know what’s the worse of the two.
Obviously, Jewish Law against homosexuality is only for heterosexuals.
But almost all famous and infamous, leading and regular Orthodox rabbis lack the necessary honesty, bravery and love for their fellow man and Jew to speak out in favor of the evident, the need for homosexuals to form lasting same-sex relationships and enjoy the goodness of their sexuality. They hide behind the fig leaf of traditionalism, while Rabbinic anti-gays sentiments are merely half-a-century-old modernity at best.
For starters, their position is nonsense because G^d and the Sages would not deny reality or make half-a-billion Jews and Gentiles suffer for naught.
The Acting the Injured Innocent
Yet, don’t assume that the secular Israeli public is just fine with gays. In great numbers, yes, but there is still no majority in the Knesset to stop and correct anti-gay laws. Though that’s clearly rooted in recent Biblical exegeses, it’s the secular public that’s still too homophobic to out-vote the tiny minority of Orthodox Members of Knesset on this matter. In fact, there are so many homophobic secular Israelis and so many gay-friendly Orthodox Israelis that one may safely say that it’s largely an individual psychological, not religious, issue who’s a bigot and who’s not.
But if the Rabbis would speak out in droves for rehabilitation of gays, that would sway Israeli and world public opinion. Your regular Orthodox Rabbi keeping silent is deadly. Now they even have a way to speak out anonymously, so there is no excuse. I wouldn’t like to bear their sin.
Meanwhile, the secular world progresses while the Orthodox Rabbis are stuck. How embarrassing. The worst scandal of Judaism in modern time.