For anyone and for everyone whose had issues with modern religion having issues with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals within our midst (the LGBTQ community), let it be known clearly that Torah and, more generally, the TaNaKh does not have an issue with homosexuality as an orientation or a lifestyle. This is a teaching imposed upon these ancient collection of writings by modern religion itself. These writings used to justify modern religious homophobia do not even address the issue of modern same-sex marriage. And the fact that we are still having this discussion at this point in humanity’s intellectual development and greater awareness of this world – just how it actually works – is just very sad to me. So, let’s address it, factually and clearly, since gayness in Jewish lifestyle continues to be a needless sore point of discussion within our Jewish communities.
When read in the Hebrew, the two near identical passages on the same prohibition in Leviticus clearly states that a male is not to lie down in the lyings of a woman (plural). There is no context with the law section itself as to what these forms of sex are. The ancient Talmud of the Rabbis, our codification of legal rulings, clearly states that it is *two* specific acts being reference in this prohibition. But, the Talmud reveals that the Rabbis don’t know for sure what the two are, and to this day Rabbis are still arguing over it. But, when you look at the prohibition in context with the rest of the TaNakh a pattern becomes clear. The two acts in this prohibition are abominable. There are two acts of behavior that are also stressed as abominable throughout the TaNaKh, that of male rape and ritual prostitution. It’s not really that hard to make the connection. But, then, modern religions that use these texts out of context would lose one of their opportunities to demonize some folk. Did this help?
For further study into this, please take a look at the following two links. First one is my essay on the subject – http://www.aniyostsef.com/jewish/gay-jews-and-same-sex-marriage-dont-you-know-torah-actually-supports-this/ . The second one is Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill’s recent take on it – http://www.our-times.org/jewish-rabbi-looks-at-the-bibles-viewpoint-on-homosexuality-part-1.html . He’s the academic certified scholar. I’m just a critical observant thinker. 🙂 Have a great week!
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