Sep 072013

Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
during Pride Marches

Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, Israel Allows Gays and Lesbians to Become Rabbis.  Below is a picture of Orthodox Jews (in sack cloth) protesting  a gay parade.

This move happened last year (March, 2012) and while the LGBTI community was being targeted by homophobia, this happened. Although this event is largely celebrated by Jews, we as gentiles should extend our congratulations.  This decision also ended a rift with conservative Jews in the USA.

There are three branches of Judaism (to my knowledge)

Orthodox – the strictest.  They reject homosexuals becoming rabbis (and women, too).  Women sit separately from the men in synagogues.  Men dress in sackcloth as a form of weeping and  protect as such against Pride Parades in Israel. (see above picture)

Conservative – Conservative Judaism — a major denomination in the US but a marginal force in Israel — responded to calls for greater openness toward gays and lesbians by accepting gay and lesbian rabbinical students in 2006. It ordained its first openly lesbian rabbi last year.

Conservatives interpret Jewish law — and its prohibitions on homosexual conduct — more strictly than the liberal Reform movement, but the ordination of female rabbis and other practices are rejected by more Orthodox Jews.

Liberals: are the most ‘liberal.’

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