Nefesh

Abraham And The World War

10/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:03 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:-27-41:16
Havdalah: 7:02 p.m.

Sandra Rapoport

Nefesh Head Backs Away From ‘Torah Declaration’ On Gays

01/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

With the controversial idea that gays and lesbians can be “cured” through therapy rippling across the Orthodox Jewish world of late, Rabbi Simcha Feuerman recently found himself in something of a dilemma.

The rabbi is a licensed clinical social worker who serves as the president of Nefesh, a prominent international network of Orthodox mental health professionals. But he is also an Orthodox Jew who believes that homosexuality is prohibited by Jewish law and that “many people who wrestle with homosexual feelings and want to change them can be helped.”

Rabbi Simcha Feuerman: Cites “complex clinical dimensions” for change of heart on petition.
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