Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Of all Weeks of the Year!

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     The online news[i] this week stated that “Schechter Conservative (Masorti) Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem announces acceptance of openly homosexual male and female students for ordination.” They are to become rabbis, i.e. teachers of Torah. The school states, “This decision highlights the institution’s commitment to uphold Halacha (Jewish law) in a pluralist and changing world.”

     Halacha??

     Is it ironic, Divine Providence, or both? The very week that this announcement was published, the weekly Torah portion states, “You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman. It is an abomination.” [ii] “A man who lies with a man as one lies with a woman, they have both done an abomination;…”[iii]

     Without recounting all of the obvious reasons why the Torah condemns this abnormal behavior, just the fact that the homosexual life expectancy is 20 years shorter than a normal life style’s expectancy is enough reason not to call these people rabbis, and surely do not call it halacha!


[i] Jerusalem Post April 23, 2012
[ii] Acharei, Leviticus 18:22
[iii] Leviticus 20:13

8 comments:

josh said...

We believe that a person can do tshuva, and frankly, that since we are all imperfect, we all must strive to do tshuva - it is not only for non-religious people to become religious.

Besides the tattoo being forbidden in the Torah, its permanence saying 'that's how I am, forever'. This negates our fundamental Jewish 'self-improvement' attitude.

The spiritual problem with being an open homosexual (and becoming a rabbi?!) is like having a tattoo. Besides what Reb Gutman posted about it being forbidden, it is a message that 'that who I am and who I will stay.' It's not the message that a rabbi should be sending other Jews.

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Those who say that somehow we must reach out to these other "movements" within Judaism are obscene. Too bad we can't sue for divorce from these Jewish movements of iniquity. Their men lying with men lifestyles give Ahavat Yisrael an entirely new meaning.

Leah said...

Yes, Josh we do believe that A Jew can do teshuva, yet with the shtiut that is going on in the world with the "acceptance" movements I seriously doubt they will. The Jew we accept, it's the forbidden behavior that we do not accept.
I don't think that the rabbi here is saying that the Jew is not to be accepted. I believe that the rabbi is saying that the behavior cannot be taught to others. It may strike an emotional string, yet the message is clear.

josh said...

Leah, I agree. Anyone who has pride about any avera, especially one which they do or support publicly, and are not trying to tshuva about it, cannot be a rabbi.

Batya said...

Maybe they have a "different Torah."

Dov Bar-Leib said...

Can you imagine how one could possibly do Torah Codes when those two verses are removed from VaYikra (Lev.)? All the Torah Codes would cease to exist. How traditional of the Masoretites that would be!!!

LIZ HODGES FLORES said...

THE ANCIENT SCOLL'S OF THE MYSTIC OF GOD!!!!-!!!!!-!!!!-!!!!
TELLS US ALL!!!!-!!!!-!!!!-!!!!
OF THE LAW OF GOD!!!!-!!!!-!!!!-!!!!

Neshama said...

Four fifths were drowning in the Egyptian culture. In these days so close to our excelerated Geula, all the aveiras of all times are out in the open for all to see their demise when it comes.

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