Too many Jews still assume that traditional must mean reactionary
The flagship of Diaspora-Ashkenazi-Orthodox-Intellectual Judaism, Yeshiva University, a federally sponsored bastion of bigotry, went to the US Supreme Court to try to fend off openly Gay students and teachers.
The word we have for those leaders is malshinim: those Jews who inform on other innocent Jews to Gentile courts in the hope they will hurt them. Our Tradition has added a whole section to those traitors in our thrice-a-day main blessing: “For the malshinim there will be no hope”!
Of course, the US must hold the world record on pretense. So, no wonder a US university can claim to be a warm school that follows Jewish values while, in practice, ‘to love the other as yourself’ is a dead letter.
To add insult to injury, an Orthodox rabbi, once a student at this bulwark of normalcy and hatred for the abnormal, now celebrates the diversity and tolerance in his alma mater. Is this the timing of a bigot or coincidental, of one who doesn’t follow the news or an apologist for the undefendable?
Make no mistake, his blog post is free of any hint about the stifling homophobia rejoiced there. It only mentions obliquely that the school does have its ‘red lines.’ It should have red cheeks … from shame.
And that’s even without the sexual abuse that can flourish in secrecy.
Some 99.99% of all Orthodox rabbis still toe the party line and continue to criminalize all Gays’ sexualities. This will continue as long as they are more scared of Gays and afraid of being persecuted with them than they fear our Heavenly Father. I shudder at the thought of how much damage they cause on Earth and how much guilt they gleefully amass in Heaven.
Courtesy assimilated rabbis who don’t notice they talk like hateful, derailed Christians, and who fail to see they’re bringing human sacrifices as idolaters happily did to ‘enable’ and ‘pacify’ their incompetent and moody idols, squandering the good name of Jews and our Creator—the worst sin.
The old ways don’t work anymore. Gays-bashing only makes the attacker look bad. Too many skeletons in the closet—no place for Gays anymore. ‘Just stop being religious, leave’ also has run its course. Non-Straight non-Cis Orthodox Jews are not going anywhere anymore. For 50 years, rabbis blindly followed fundamentalist Christianity. It’s time to awaken and think. How can smart people be so stupid to think G^d gave a million Jews faulty sexuality and that if they want to have a good life, they should live alone?
But the first action against systemic oppression, even before you know what to do about it, is to speak out. The Six Million were killed in silence.
For me, it’s simple. Those who participate without protest are complicit.
One YU rav, already for decades, stands with the Queer. I read his Jewish warmth, not as permission for the other rabbis to hate. It accuses all the others, including the famed: how could you?! Here’s a clip from 2009: