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The rabbi who marries gay men to lesbians →

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In Jewish law, gay marriage is still not considered a true marriage. So a rabbi from the West Bank has figured out his own way to help out gays and lesbians who want children and families. 

For six years, Orthodox rabbi Areleh Harel has been officiating marriages between gay men and lesbians. He says it’s the most moral way to give LGBT people the families they want without breaking Jewish law, and he’s working on an online matchmaking service to expedite the process for some people. 

Some believe this is a good thing, that gay men and lesbians can live “normal” lives without breaking any rules. Others say it’s harmful, that marriages aren’t based on love and that parents are essentially lying to their children.

The condemnation of homosexuality in Orthodox communities in Israel has historically been so strong that many gay Orthodox Jews have felt they had two choices: remain in the closet or stop being religious. That mind-set has changed in recent years as leaders of Jewish Queer Youth, an “Ortho-gay” organization based in Manhattan, began connecting with burgeoning gay-rights groups in Israel, offering support and advice.

Orthodox rabbis continue to point to Leviticus 18: 22 as proof that God does not accept homosexuality. The verse reads, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination.” Harel concurs, saying, “You can’t change the laws of the Torah. This is what God wants. If God wanted gay people to live together, he would come down and tell us.”

This is a really interesting piece of journalism and it’s a story you don’t hear very often. Give it a read if you’ve got a few minutes. When you’re done, what did you think?

Tagged: featuregay marriagejournalismjudaismlgbtqmedianewsrabbireligionlove

Source: gaywrites

  1. undiscoveredsoul reblogged this from gaywrites
  2. caitology reblogged this from gaywrites and added:
    This is such a thought provoking idea. I’m sure whether to like it or not, but it sure is something to think about.
  3. openmindednessgalore reblogged this from ladylove4eva
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  5. afroadonis answered: Wow well, it’s kinda hard for me to say how I feel about this, but I can say that it seems helpful in my eyes I mean it’s a step
  6. one---headlight reblogged this from gaywrites
  7. ruellover answered: I think (know) that people have been mis-translating that verse, misunderstanding that verse, and mis-using that verse forever.
  8. emwantstoplay answered: love this piece, if its the only way they can actually be happy they should do it.
  9. qbliss reblogged this from gaywrites
  10. pockymob answered: I think that it could either be good or bad depending on the couple. If they can have a healthy open relationship, it’s great. If not, no.
  11. ladylove4eva reblogged this from gaywrites
  12. gladiatorbitch answered: it seems like a step back or a slap in the face. “you’re a gay man? of course you can get married. but only to this lesbian.”
  13. rhinoalunar reblogged this from gaywrites and added:
    Its an interesting approach but it still doesn’t solve the problem or ultimately validify same sex marriages.
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  16. seraphictom reblogged this from gaywrites and added:
    Fuck your orthodoxy.
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