Jewish views of homosexuality

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Jewish views of homosexuality

Orthodox Judaism From its inceptions until the 20th century, Judaism has viewed homosexual sexual acts as an abomination. Orthodox Judaism has put forth several responses to homosexuality.


Conservative & Masorti Judaism

The Rabbinical Assembly has issued a position paper stating that the Divine image is reflected by every human being, of any sexual orientation, and admits that there is good reason to be concerned about the fact that gay and lesbian Jews have experienced not only the constant threats of physical violence and homophobic rejection, but also the pains of anti-Semitism. Given the fact that homosexuals are members of all congregations, and that the AIDS crisis has exacerbated the anxiety and suffering of homosexual Jews, that Conservative Jews are obligated to keep the following points in mind

Jewish law prohibits homosexual sex; nonetheless, civil and religious law should not be mixed in America, therefore the Rabbinical Assembly supports full civil equality for gays and lesbians in our national life, it renounces violence against gays and lesbians, and affirms that gay men and lesbians are welcome as members in Conservative Jewish congregations.

Reconstructionist Judaism has rejected the traditional view in all areas relating to this issue: they view all restrictions on homosexualiy as null and void. As such, they ordain homosexual Jews as rabbis and cantors. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association permits Jewish homosexual marriages and homosexual intermarriages.

The American Reform movement has rejected the traditional view in all areas relating to this issue: they view all restrictions on homosexualiy as null and void. As such, they do not prohibit ordination of homosexual Jews as Rabbis and Cantors (although they don't really make a point of asking anything about sexual preference beforehand).


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