Do not follow any of their customs. For various reasons, no one has the will to make marriage mandatory for sexual partners by means of custom, law, or force. Instead he attempted to sue the government. But in truth, that relationship is no more than tangentially pertinent to the struggle of the Jewish people to continue to exist.
Not even the countervailing tendency of modern-Orthodox Jews to marry earlier and have more children can deflect the downward trend. The Jewish Chronicle.
Leading Orthodox rabbis have denounced reparative therapy and have embraced a much more toned down approach to homosexuality in Judaism. Rabbi Greenberg became the first Orthodox rabbi to officiate at a same-sex wedding that was legally recognized by the local government in From the gay and Jewish Supporters of gay marriage in Religion and LGBT people.
Steven Greenberg, a gay Jewish educator who was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi, writes and lectures on the possibilities for gays and lesbians in from the gay and Jewish Supporters of gay marriage in Orthodox community.
Finally, Trembling Before G-da critically acclaimed documentary about gay Orthodox Jewshas made a significant impact in raising consciousness about homosexuality in the Orthodox world. And it is increasingly difficult for religious leaders to envision that the loving God of the Universe does not welcome such faithful relationships.
Jews do tend to be pretty hooked into progressive politics nationallyor national issue campaigns, but lots of people who are involved in JUFJ had never called their actual county representative. They encourage their members to call and write their representatives, participate in petition drives, etc.
However, someone who has had homosexual intercourse is considered to have violated a prohibition. Online Archives of California. The New York Times. Modern Orthodox leader Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein is reported to have said that the intensity of Orthodox community's condemnation of homosexuality goes beyond what its status as a religious transgression warrants, and that he feels toward homosexual people "criticism, disapproval, but tempered with an element of sympathy".
While Mr Pine may have played a decidedly ambiguous role in the gay rights movement, there was nothing equivocal about the part played by many other American Jews. Over the years, other victories followed, but none perhaps so sweet as the moment, six months after Barack Obama took office, when the openly gay director of the Office of Personnel Management formally apologised on behalf of the federal government to Mr Kameny for his dismissal and awarded him the department's most prestigious award.
READ: Reading the Prohibition Against Homosexuality in Context Even the most traditionally minded interpreters of the verse acknowledge that the Torah does not prohibit homosexuality as such, but merely one specific sexual act — generally understood to be anal sex between two men.