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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Jewish views of homosexuality
From its inceptions until the 20th century, Judaism has viewed sex between two men as sinful (the term to'eva, often translated as "abomination" is not necessarily a moral judgment, and is used in many other contexts, including the eating of shellfish).
The rabbi's own reading of Jewish law on these issues, informed by the responsa written for the CJLS to date, will also be a determinative factor in these decisions.
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.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/je/Jewish_views_of_homosexuality   (710 words)

  Homosexuality and Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The historically prevalent view among Jews was to regard homosexual intercourse as sinful, arguing that it was forbidden by the Torah.
Jewish law [...] rejects the view that homosexuality is to be regarded merely as a disease or as morally neutral....
They view Levitical laws as sometimes seen to be referring to prostitution, making it a stand against Jews adopting the idolatrous fertility cults and practices of the neighbouring Canaanite nations rather than a blanket condemnation of same-sex intercourse or homosexuality.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homosexuality_and_Judaism   (2695 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
According to Jewish law, someone is considered to be a Jew if he or she was born of a Jewish mother or converted in accord with Jewish Law.
Religious (and secular) Jewish movements in the USA and Canada perceive this as a crisis situation, and have grave concern over rising rates of intermarriage and assimilation in the Jewish community.
Jewish eschatology - Jewish views of the Messiah and the afterlife.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Halakha, the rabbinic Jewish way of life, then, is not based on a literal reading of the Torah, but on the combined oral and written tradition, which includes the Tanakh, the Mishnah, the halakhic Midrash, the Talmud and its commentaries.
Jewish life is bound up with religious tradition, and is celebrated in an annual cycle of Jewish holidays.
The various Jewish religious denominations in the USA and Canada perceive this as a crisis situation, and have grave concern over rising rates of intermarriage and assimilation in the Jewish community.
www.online-encyclopedia.info /encyclopedia/j/ju/judaism.html   (3142 words)

 Jewish Views on Abortion Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits In recent years
In the Jewish view, "he who saves one life is as if he saved an entire world"; one human life is as precious as a million lives, for each is infinite in value.
A celebrated Jewish sage and philosopher of the fifteenth century, in connection with a question submitted to his judgment, averred that it was always wrong for a community to acquiesce in the slightest evil, however much it was hoped thereby to prevent far worse excesses by individuals.
Indeed, the Jewish concern for the mother is so great that a gravid woman sentenced to death must not be subjected to the ordeal of suspense to await the delivery of her child.
jewsformorality.org /r_jakobovits_on_abortion.htm   (3524 words)

 Homosexuality and Judaism - ReligionFacts
Jewish law [...] rejects the view that homosexuality is to be regarded merely as a disease or as morally neutral....
Jewish law holds that no hedonistic ethic, even if called "love", can justify the morality of homosexuality any more than it can legitimize adultery or incest, however genuinely such acts may be performed out of love and by mutual consent.
In this way, homosexuality could be redefined as an act of perversion or heresy, and it would be wrong to persecute or judge homosexuals for their actions.
www.religionfacts.com /homosexuality/judaism.htm   (2510 words)

 Homosexuality_and_Christianity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
The belief in most previous societies was that most people were attracted to both genders, a view that has been confirmed by modern science, indicated by studies implying a "sexual continuum" with the majority of homo sapiens being bisexual to varying degrees and minorities being exclusively homosexual and heterosexual.
Proponents of the view that homosexuality is not a sin would likewise argue that those views started as minority movements that grew into a majority and draw analogy between their support of gay-rights to previous leaders against slavery among others.
The homosexuality reference is purely innuendo, and it is quite possible that the servant was not a homosexual love-slave at all; moreover, this is an argument from silence.
www.apawn.com /search.php?title=Homosexuality_and_Christianity   (5923 words)

 Homosexuality_and_Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
However, because the word is used twice in regards to homosexuality, its second use has been understood by the Talmud to be a contraction of the words to'eh hu va meaning "He is wandering with it [from the natural way of the world]" since the Hebrew word to'e means "He is wandering", va "with it".
The Orthodox Jewish position is that a homosexual attraction is not inherently sinful, though it is regarded as unnatural.
The discussion of homosexuality in the Jewish community has been accelerated since the release of a documentary, "Trembling Before G-d", directed and produced by Sandi Simcha DuBowski, which sympathetically examines the lives of homosexual men and women in the Orthodox Jewish community.
www.apawn.com /search.php?title=Homosexuality_and_Judaism   (2761 words)

 Islamic views of homosexuality
Note that homosexuality, as a psychological disposition, is not technically against the Sharia, which governs the physical actions, and not the inner thoughts and feelings.
In Saudi Arabia, homosexuals may be killed for their practices, although in practise this is not usually done unless the state perceives a threat to its power http://www.sodomylaws.org/world/saudi_arabia/saudinews19.htm.
In Afghanistan at least 10 homosexuals are known to have been executed for their sexual conduct by the Taliban.
www.datamass.net /is/islamic-views-of-homosexuality.html   (1168 words)

 Jewish views of homosexuality - Education - Information - Educational Resources - Encyclopedia - Music
This view is described in the original entry on Homosexuality penned by Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits in the original release of the Encyclopedia Judaica (Keter Publishing).
They note that homosexuals are members of all Jewish congregations, and that the AIDS crisis has exacerbated the anxiety and suffering of homosexual Jews.
Although the official position of the Conservative movement is that homosexual relations are a violation of Jewish law, the movement generally views this violation as no less or more serious that other violations of Jewish law that most of its members may violate, such as spending money on Shabbat (the Sabbath) or eating non-kosher food.
www.music.us /education/J/Jewish-views-of-homosexuality.htm   (2509 words)

Jewish folk hero around 1000 B.C.E., to whom many biblical psalms are attributed and who is credited with politically and militarily uniting the ancient Israelite amphictyony into a centralized kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital.
Jewish partisan groups in the Ukraine were not able to maintain a separate Jewish identity but were required to be incorporated within the Soviet units.
In Jewish kabbalism, a designation for the divine—“the unlimited one.” In early Judaism and Christianity, refers to those considered to be chosen by God for a specific purpose; in some Christian predestinarian schemes (e.g., Calvinistic), “the elect” are those whom God has chosen (in advance) to have eternal life.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/gloss.html   (12261 words)

 Townhall.com :: Columns :: Homosexuality: An attempt at clarity by Dennis Prager   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
At the same time, a homosexual child must understand a loving parent's sadness over his or her inability to sexually love a person of the opposite sex.
Jewish and Christian denominations are right to refuse to ordain avowed practicing homosexuals.
Anyone, including homosexuals, should have the right to name beneficiaries in case of death, to name the visitors they wish in case of illness, etc. That is elementary decency.
www.townhall.com /columnists/dennisprager/dp20030429.shtml   (889 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
While there have been Jewish groups which claimed to be based on the written text of the Torah alone (e.g., the Sadducees, and the Karaites), most Jews believed in what they call the oral law.
Called the Jewish New Year because it celebrates the day that the world was created, and marks the advance in the calendar from one year to the next, although it occurs in the seventh month, Tishri.
Jewish history is an extensive topic; this section will cover the elements of Jewish history of most importance to the Jewish religion and the development of Jewish denominations.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/J/Judaism.htm   (7498 words)

 Homosexuality and Religion - ReligionFacts
Homosexuality was not uncommon in ancient cultures, though the forms and views of homosexual behavior vary significantly.
Hinduism and Buddhism tend to view homosexuality primarily from the standpoint of its karmic effects, with varying conclusions.
Many Jewish and Christian leaders, however, have gone to great lengths to make clear that it is the homosexual acts and not the homosexual individuals or their "orientation" that is condemned.
www.religionfacts.com /homosexuality   (192 words)

 Articles - Religion and sexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
For example, in Hellenic society, homosexual behavior was often encouraged and accepted as part of the socialization and upbringing of young men, especially those in the military.
Jewish marriage is based on a healthy sexual viewpoint that rejects the two extremist principles, and so are the regulations governing the conjugal relations between husband and wife, taharat hamishpacha, the purity of family life.
Secular disapproval of homosexuality is also associated with the stereotypes that homosexuality is inherently weak, unhealthy or dangerous, and that lesbians and gay men are prone to disease (see 'Homosexuality and medical science' for more information).
lastring.com /articles/Sexual_morality?mySession=d75a158c4b9ba4712c9...   (3509 words)

 Jonathan Tobin
She is unapologetically Jewish, always wearing a Star of David in public and talking about her faith on the air and crediting Judaism as the inspiration for much of her advice.
Though she has been at pains to make it clear that she opposes discrimination and violence against homosexuals, she also has been quoted as saying that homosexuality is a “biological error.” She is also a firm opponent of gay marriage.
However, before Dr. Laura assumes the pose of a “traditional” Jewish martyr sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, it is also fair for us to ask her to think carefully about the way she invokes Judaism to her listeners.
www.jewishworldreview.com /cols/tobin060200.asp   (1133 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
The basis of Jewish law and tradition is the Torah, also known as: the five books of Moses, the Pentateuch, or the Chumash.
While there have been Jewish groups which were based on the written text of the Torah alone (the Sadducees, the Karaites), most Jews believed in the oral law.
Halakha, the Rabbinic Jewish way of life, then, is not based on a literal reading of the Torah or Tanakh, but on the combined oral and written tradition, which includes the Tanakh, the Mishnah, the halakhic Midrash, the Talmud and its commentaries.
usapedia.com /j/judaism.html   (3716 words)

 "Conservative Panel Votes To Permit Gay Rabbis - Forward.com"
The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards — the 25-member lawmaking body of the Conservative movement — opted to follow the rabbinic tradition of approving separate, mutually contradictory opinions, each of which is now sanctioned as normative Conservative practice.
But at the Jewish Theological Seminary — the movement’s flagship seminary in New York — the law committee’s decision will have to be weighed by the faculty, who plan to deliberate whether or not to begin accepting gay and lesbian students who want to become rabbis.
Hauptman also said that many members of the faculty had not publicly disclosed their views on gay ordination, making it anyone’s guess what the final outcome would be.
www.forward.com /articles/conservative-panel-votes-to-permit-gay-rabbis   (1384 words)

 Rabbi Marder Essay
Homosexuality itself is not explicitly prohibited in the Shulkhan Arukh, probably because its author believed that such behavior was virtually nonexistent among Jews.
Since a frequently invoked principle in Jewish law is that "in cases of ones the Merciful One exempts" (Nedarim 27a), Matt believes homosexuals should not be judged as sinners, and must be treated with compassion, kindness, and friendship.
The is no Jewish legal basis for this belief; my personal faith simply tells me that the duty to love my neighbor as myself is a compelling mitzvah, while the duty to kill homosexuals for committing "abominations" most certainly is not.
www.betham.org /kulanu/marder.html   (4490 words)

 Religion and homosexuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
In some, including the traditional branches of the Abrahamic religions, homosexuality is a mortal sin; while in others, it is entirely acceptable.
Some religious people (often considered extremists) who consider homosexuality a sin interpret AIDS as a punishment exacted by God for homosexual behavior, the concept that AIDS is a "gay plague".
They say that believing homosexuality to be sinful is not incompatible with support for gay rights legislation.
usapedia.com /r/religion-and-homosexuality.html   (224 words)

 Religious Views on Homosexuality, Student Health Services, UNCG   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
All homosexual activity is immoral and sinful, irrespective of the nature of the participants' relationship.
In 1991 Delegates issued a letter stating that homosexuality is not God's wish for humanity, rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions, and forbade the ordination of openly gay clergy.
It does however distinguish between homosexual orientation, which it considers morally neutral, and homosexual behavior, which it considers to be sinful.In other words, homosexuality is considered to be a natural occurrence, but engaging in homosexual-sex is sinful.
shs.dept.uncg.edu /programs/safezone/religion   (1146 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Ideas & Belief: Overview: Jewish Views on Homose
Two verses in Leviticus (18:23 and 20:13) express unequivocal condemnation of male homosexual sex (although it is not clear whether what is referred to is intercourse or all sexual acts between men).
One rabbinic source associates female homosexuality with the activities of the Egyptians and Canaanites, from which the Jews are supposed to abstain.
Nonetheless, the traditional Jewish position on homosexuality is still difficult for many liberal-minded Jews, and the liberal denominations have debated the extent to which gays and lesbians can be fully integrated into religious communities.
www.myjewishlearning.com /ideas_belief/sex_sexuality/Sex_TO_Homosexuality_1.htm   (774 words)

 Same Sex Marriage, Gay Marriage, Legal Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Ban -- Beliefnet.com
A church blessing may not be a legal marriage, says a gay man, but it is a union in God's eyes.
Divorce, not homosexuality, was the deviation that preoccupied him.
Homosexuality is a religious sin, not an ethical one, says Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
www.beliefnet.com /ep/same-sex-marriage.asp   (212 words)

Greenberg, who is senior teaching fellow at the National Jewish Center of Learning and Leadership, a New York-based think tank, and Robinson, elected last year to lead the Diocese of New Hampshire, shared their personal journeys during the three-hour session.
Participating rabbis and priests examined portions of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans and the Acts of the Apostles, and rabbinic midrash of Hebrew verses in Genesis and Leviticus.
Greenberg, author of Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), said the value in such gatherings is raising questions, rather than providing answers.
www.episcopalnews.com /ViewArchiveArticle.php?key=59   (2794 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
In private communications with those contacting us, we have explained that our understanding of the charter is such that the SCJH's focus is centered arund the events of the early part of this century, and the aftermath of those events, involving Europe, the Third Reich and the hoodlums who ran it, as pertains to Jews.
To that extent, we originally did not permit postings regarding the 'Pink Swastika' because SCJH is not a forum for the discussion of general issues involving Judaism & Homosexuality (for that, see any of the groups relating to homosexuals and/or, for matters relating to Jewish views on homosexuality, soc.culture.jewish).
For that reason, we felt it was necessary to note that we have blocked posts by the author of the 'Pink Swastika' in which he tried to propagate his views, but we did allow other posts of his which contained the information that he was the author of the 'Pink Swastika' in the signature line.
www.pink-triangle.org /ptps/SCJH_Moderators_Response.html   (561 words)

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