Gay Jewish Rabbis?

Looks like there is a move among Jewish leaders that may soon allow openly gay Jewish rabbis and same-sex unions.

CHICAGO – The Conservative Jewish movement, the faith’s American-based middle ground between liberalism and orthodoxy, is nearing a leadership decision that seems likely to permit openly gay rabbis and same-sex unions.

The Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards which last tackled the issue in 1992 meets in New York next week, its 25 members reviewing an issue that has already rent many Christian churches and simmers across Judaism.

“The way it looks, it will be decided on a more liberal understanding of the law,” Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership, told Reuters. “It would be a very big, big surprise if that’s not the case.”

Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, said: “I really don’t know what will happen. Many of my colleagues are betting they will have two opinions at the end — that rabbis can maintain the prohibition on homosexual behaviour and another that says it normalises homosexual behaviour.”

The assembly said in announcing the December 5-6 meetings that the committee’s function is to advise rabbis on Jewish law or Halakha affecting Conservatives, who number 2 million of the world’s 13 million Jews. The rabbis are not bound by its statements which in the past have sometimes offered multiple interpretations on issues.

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5 Responses to “Gay Jewish Rabbis?”

  1. Steve says:

    This is wrong on so many levels!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, this is very wrong!

  3. Patrick says:

    I personally don’t see a problem with it at all. I know there are many scriptures that state that homosexuality may or may not be wrong, and adultery in all forms, etc… But I am hoping that we leave that sort of thing in God’s hands thats all. Thanks for reading, Patrick

  4. Greg P says:

    Patrick:

    It IS left in God’s hands and God has spoken through His Word. There are many Scripture verses that say homosexuality is wrong. I have yet to find ONE that says it “may not” be wrong.

  5. Patrick says:

    I’m just saying some people feel that it isn’t a literal reference. By saying may or may not I include these people too. Now, the issue is obviously not up to me, that is just my two cents on it.

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