Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Elects Gay Rabbi To Lead Group
03/15/13
Photo Galleria: 

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has elected an openly gay rabbi to lead the national rabbinic organization.

Rabbi Jason Klein, the executive director of Hillel at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 2006, was elected to lead the RRA during its 39th annual convention in New Orleans, which ended on Wednesday. It is the first national rabbinic association of one of the major Jewish denominations in the United States to be led by a gay man, according to the group.

Klein was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Council in 2002 and graduated from Columbia University in 1997. He grew up in Montclair, N.J. Klein spent four years as a congregational rabbi at Congregation Beth Emeth on the South Shore of Long Island, N.Y.

"Coming out and growing into my adult Jewish identity would not be the same were it not for affirming teachers, rabbis and other mentors along the way,” Klein said after his election, j. weekly reported. “I am honored to be able to give back by supporting colleagues who are creating welcoming communities in hundreds of settings across North America and beyond.”

The rabbinical association also honored Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, who in 1974 became the first woman to be ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Sasso was honored in advance of her stepping down after 36 years as rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.

editor@jewishweek.org

Last Update:

04/07/2013 - 11:24

Comment Guidelines

The Jewish Week feels comments create a valuable conversation and wants to feature your thoughts on our website. To make everyone feel welcome, we won't publish comments that are profane, irrelevant, promotional or make personal attacks.

“Humanism” is inhumane. It is the same as taking something ugly and calling it “beautiful”. “Humanism sounds good, but it is ugly- very very ugly. The world does not stand on “humanism” - it can’t stand “humanism” and is incompatible with “humanism”.

The Torah says so because the world stands on Torah and “humanism” contradicts Torah. Reconstructionist/reform/conservative “sects” are not Jewish at all. The have their basis firmly in “humanism” and they relentlessly show how they are opposed to Judaism with their every breath. They have no place in Judaism. Do not believe them.

The only “universal” religion for Jews is Orthodox Judaism which is the beauty of the world, and for the non-Jews it is the Sheva Mitzvas bnei Noach, the Seven Universal Noachide Laws and no other.

The three commandments that we are commanded not to do and are expressed
“ do not do” and we may not do them even to save our lives are murder, idol worship and immoralities - incest, adultery and homosexuality and bestiality.
If a shmad were to comes to shule or approach any individual Jew ( in one’s dreams, actually, nightmares ) he is chased away, shunned. Everyone knows his corrupting influence, it should not be seen that he is accorded any respect - he is in cherem. If someone says they practice toeva we avoid them too. Vigilante justice in cases of toeva would be totally illegal these days by Jewish law. Real material proof of toeva is not easy to find and there is no Sanhedrin at present to administer the proceedings.

This is a very important assertion of a person’s right to not be contaminated by evil. It does not matter that some people think that the evil is unintentional in some people’s eyes . It is evil, that which is forbidden. It is an evil that has caused a huge spiritual contamination to the doer of that evil, and to accord it any respect is against Torah and an encouragement of evil. The same applies to the evil of contradicting Torah.

There is only one Judaism- Orthodox Judaism. It is cruel beyond belief to mislead people and to tell them what they purport to do and that which the Torah disallows is fine, or at a pinch, tolerated, when clearly it is not if they are breaking any of the commandments.

So, the sinners have now convinced those who might otherwise be fine Jews to declare “respect of toeva”! How misguided. Far from even suggesting vigilante justice in cases of toeva, which would be totally illegal these days by Jewish law, why don’t those “Orthodox” Rabbis who signed a toeva respect “declaration” in ‘011 now apologize, and instead sign a “respect Torah and Torah commandments” declaration? How are they any different from this band of “reconstructionists” who have elected a “self –proclaimed” homosexual as leader for the second time, it seems.

And if a teacher cannot explain the questions which bug some people by answering them so that the answer does not contradict the Torah, then that teacher should take up a mundane occupation (within halachic boundaries) instead.

Add comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.