Today’s the Day

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The Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly begins its long-awaited meeting today to review its position on homosexuality.

In all, five papers, known as teshuvot, are on the table. Of the two that are expected to pass, one would maintain the longstanding ban on gay ordination. The other would reverse that prohibition, but would not challenge the specific biblical ban on sexual intercourse between men. (MORE)

Posted on December 5, 2006

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2 thoughts on “Today’s the Day

  1. lornewel

    As an “outsider” to modern Judaism, but an “insider” of christianity’s struggles with the same issue, I found Rebecca Spence’s article quite helpful and informative. Truly, “organized religions across society struggle to reconcile biblical restrictions on homosexuality with changing modern realities.” But what are some of those modern realities which induce the struggle? I’d say, a modern widespread attitude is “Nobody is going to tell me what to do.”
    And whereas in times past, if my personal views and practices deviated from the norm of my group, I might quietly go somewhere more hospitable, today’s attitude seems to be, “I don’t care how many thousand years you have held your position on this, you need to change it to accommodate me.” “I don’t care if you think G-d dictated the position you hold, you dinosaur.”

    Somehow, I can accept the position of a person who says, “I know the Torah forbids this activity, but I am just so attracted to it that I seem not to be able to stop.” But I have a great deal of difficulty with one who says, “Whatever the Torah says, I say G-d made me this way and you should not only tolerate but accept and celebrate my ways, including making me the rabbi who should teach you the Torah and halakaha.”

  2. SweetNewJew5767

    Uh, there is a Native American saying that goes like this:
    Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.

    I have a hard time with someone who is not familar with Judaism and the experiences that go with Judaism, speaking up about this particular issue. Let alone someone speaking up about the issue–Jew or non-Jew–who may not know what someone who is GLB or T goes through.

    May we all have HaShem’s compassion.

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