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The Opinionated Jewish Man: Orthodox Lesbians

While reading the Jewish Week‘s article on the Israeli Orthodox lesbian group, Bat Kol, the following struck me as incredibly odd:   "We deal with mystery; there is no halachic response," Weil said. "We’re dealing with homophobia within the Orthodox … Read More

By / August 19, 2010

While reading the Jewish Week‘s article on the Israeli Orthodox lesbian group, Bat Kol, the following struck me as incredibly odd:

 

"We deal with mystery; there is no halachic response," Weil said. "We’re dealing with homophobia within the Orthodox society that is not even based in a real halachic reason, but is based in hatred and fear. … We haven’t even gotten to the point where our rabbis [the group has a number of rabbinic advisers] have even been able to address the halachic issue."

 

This doesn’t strike me as hyperbole; it seems pretty much in step with comments I’ve heard other gay members of the Orhodox community.

But it is strange that a culture which has spent thousands of years living in societies that force us to hide our faith can also condone forcing people within the faith to hide their personal feelings from the world.  

For what it’s worth, I’m neither Orthodox nor gay, but I imagine a religion and culture that prides itself on being progressive should be able to move past this fairly easily. 

I applaud Bat-Kol for doing what they do.  

 

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