Rabbi Michael Gold
Rabbi Michael Gold is the rabbi at Temple Beth Torah, Tamarac Jewish Center in Tamarac, Florida. He is the author of four books, and his articles have appeared in <i>Moment, Judaism, Jewish Spectator, B'nai Brith International Jewish Monthly,</i> and numerous other publications. He also served as co-chair of the Rabbinical Assembly's committee on human sexuality.
Articles by Rabbi Michael Gold
Adopted Children, Conversion, and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
For converted children, bar/bat mitzvah is a time for affirming their connections with Judaism.
Some Jewish thinkers condone homosexuality, despite the condemnation of homosexual sex in Jewish law.
Tradition and Compassion
Some traditional Jewish authorities condemn homosexuality, while advocating compassion for individual gays and lesbians.
Traditional Sources on Sex Outside Marriage
While the Torah does not forbid premarital sex, the rabbis of the talmudic era prohibited it--but one modern authority proposed a sanctioned form of exclusive sexual relationship outside of marriage.
The Purpose and Meaning of Sex in Judaism
Judaism approves of sex and sexual pleasure, valuing it as a means toward procreation and companionship.