Reply to: An Obesity Problem In The Orthodox Community?
8 hours 6 min ago
I am not Jewish but I noticed too that orthodox Jews in London are very overweight- oddly enough, men are more likely to be overweight than women!
Reply to: Passover’s Call to Action—Escape from the Slavery of Self-Imposed Limitations
8 hours 38 min ago
Jennifer, my sentiments exactly! Thank you, Rabbi Levy.
Reply to: New Hope For Gay Orthodox Jews
9 hours 33 min ago
"Thinking Clearly" says: ". . . love cannot negate any wrongdoing. For based on your [Rekal's] logic all the negative commandments could or should, from your viewpoint, be allowed.
While his objection has merit if taken literally, one problem with it is that authentic love doesn't drive one to do wrong [Corinthians 13]. That being the case, in principle there is no conflict between homosexual love, if it's authentic, and the negative commandments.
The $64 question is: Is there such a thing as "authentic homosexual love"? "Thinking Clearly" simply assumes that there is not. Except he begs the question. Isn't whether homosexuality is a sin or not the very point in dispute? in other words, "Thinking Clearly" assumes that which he's obliged to prove?
Interestingly, "Thinking Clearly" relies on passages in the Torah and Old Testament, for example, Leviticus, to make his case against homosexuality. In other words, he has surrendered his rational faculty to an external authority. But the Old Testament admonishes us to reason together. And that's just what I intend to do.
The Torah and Old Testament are not to be interpreted blindly. Only a prophet speaks directly the will of God. The rest of us must hash the meaning of things out on our own using reasoning. So someone quoting this or that passage from some revered document to make his case against homosexuality is not nor should not be of itself compelling.
As a matter of fact, recent exegesis of the clobber passages in Leviticus and Romans by Christian scholars of ancient languages pulls the rug out from under religious homophobes who too long have used them as a justification for stigmatizing, persecuting, and killing homosexuals.
No longer can homophobes deploy those scriptures unchallenged to justify their calling committed homosexual relationships an abomination. The case is now as strong against the traditional homophobic interpretation of the clobber passages as the case for it. Did I say "as strong"? I mean to say, "stronger."
Lastly, if the orthodoxish rabbis belonging to the Rabbinical Council of America have altered the direction of their thinking on the subject of homosexuality, tacitly condemning themselves for the position they took in the past on it, that same-sex attraction is socially acquired and therefore curable [the assumption of the now thoroughly discredited reparative therapy hoax], which they now no longer think, then what other change in their thinking are they going to surprise us with in the future on the selfsame subject? Or are they finished thinking?
You Torah-loving and Leviticus-loving homophobes look out. I sense a gale coming that will blow you right off your feet and away. All I have to say is, good riddance.
Reply to: Omer Counting in the Digital Age
11 hours 51 min ago
Reply to: Can Autism Acceptance and Autism Recovery Coexist?
22 hours 18 min ago
Perfectly, thoughtfully, truthfully stated, Sean MacNair. Thank you for your insight. This autism mom, activist and advocate appreciates your candor and honestly very much.