Homosexuality

Dutch decision on chief rabbi suspension criticised

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2012

The Conference of European Rabbis has criticised Amsterdam’s Orthodox Ashkenazi community for suspending its Chief Rabbi over his views on homosexuality.

Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag was relieved of his duties on Monday after signing an online rabbinical statement decrying same-sex marriage and suggesting that homosexuals should seek therapy to overcome their inclinations.

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Jewish school pupils taught how to 'cure gays'

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

JFS has provoked anger from parents and pupils by teaching sixth formers that homosexuality can be "cured".

As part of the school's Jewish studies curriculum, pupils are shown a website from the American group JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality.

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Dutch Jews suspend their rabbi over homosexuality views

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

In a further controversy over the US 'gay cure' group JONAH, the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community was suspended this week after signing a declaration that homosexuals should learn to overcome their inclinations.

New York-based Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who visits the Netherlands a few times a year, put his name to a declaration, signed by 180 Orthodox rabbis, educators and psyc

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Scottish plea not to force same-sex ties

By Simon Rocker, December 8, 2011

Religious bodies should not be forced to conduct same-sex partnership ceremonies, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities has told the Scottish Government.

New laws came into effect in England and Wales on Monday, which allow same-sex unions to be held on religious premises.

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Well-groomed wedding date

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

American Steve Greenberg made history a decade ago when he came out as the first openly gay, Orthodox rabbi.

Now he has just become the first Orthodox rabbi to conduct a same-sex marriage.

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Why gay sex is not immoral

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, October 28, 2011

Orthodox Rabbis opposed to gay marriage - hardly worth a headline. But two prominent British Orthodox rabbis recently went further. Dayan Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, suggested the Prime Minister's desire to sanction gay marriage was "a sign of moral decay," while Rabbi Alan Plancey seemed to suggest the government's plan was a sign of "standards of morality dropping".

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Eye on the small print

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Even if gay marriages are introduced in the UK, there is little likelihood that traditional religious groups will be compelled to consecrate them in opposition to their deeply held beliefs.

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Gay weddings are a 'sign of moral decay'

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

A number of senior Orthodox rabbis have hit out at Prime Minister David Cameron's support for the legalisation of gay marriage.

But Lord Sacks, who would have the opportunity to vote on the issue if it were to reach Parliament, would not comment on it.

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Doctors meet Israel's first pregnant man

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

Israeli doctors were astounded this week when a young male patient revealed that he was pregnant.

According to Ynet, the man had a sex change operation in the US and looks in every way like a man. However before his operation he opted not to have his reproductive organs removed.

The man, who is Israel's first ever transgender pregnant person, has two months until his delivery date.

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Rabbi runs gay dating website

By Nathan Jeffay, September 8, 2011

If you ask avowedly Orthodox Rabbi Arele Harel what he thinks about marriage between homosexuals, you may be surprised by his answer. Not only is he in favour, but he will play matchmaker.

However, there is a twist. The marriages that he brokers are indeed between gays - but one gay man and one lesbian.

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