Today’s the Day

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)

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