If I have Gay Children by Rabbi Avi Orlow
Sometimes in our fight for equality both as LGBT and Jewish people we can get so caught up in the battle that we don’t hear the voices that are starting to speak up in support of us. So when that voice comes from an orthodox Rabbi, we must take a moment to pause and remember that we are pushing forward and people are beginning to listen. We must never give up our fight.
So, today, the day after Yom Kippur, it is refreshing and uplifting to read this from Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Avi Orlow, who makes a promise to his children, if any of them should be gay.
On behalf of JLGBT people everywhere, we thank you and wish you and your family a wonderful 5775.
Rabbi Avi Orlow Writes,
As a human being, I feel a need to speak out on this because there are those for whom it is not just their comfort or happiness that are at risk, but their very health, safety, and actual lives. As a Jew, I cannot stomach senseless hatred toward people because of who they are. An integral part of our Jewish identity comes from our experience as victims of the world’s hatred. We cannot stand idly by as other people suffer from bigotry. As a rabbi, I feel a need to speak out for justice.
I feel a visceral need to speak out on this issue, not despite my being an Orthodox Jew, but because of that fact. As it says in the Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews with a Homosexual Orientation in the Orthodox Community, which I feel honored to have signed, “Embarrassing, harassing or demeaning someone with a homosexual orientation or same-sex attraction is a violation of Torah prohibitions that embody the deepest values of Judaism.