170 posts categorized "Homophobia and its Discontents"

March 13, 2014: No NYPD Updates On Beating Of Black Gay Student, Allegedly By Hasidic Shomrim Street Patrol
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
The NYPD has no new information on the December 1st beating of a black gay college student by a gang described by witnesses as a hasidic street patrol. The NYPD has made no arrests and apparently no progress – even...

January 22, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Says Haredim Don’t Serve In The IDF Due To The “Immorality” And “Abominations” Found There
Comments: 35 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
“If they [i.e., the IDF] provide me with kosher food on my level, make certain I will not be exposed to pritzut [immorality and immodestly dressed women, etc.] and to’eva [abominations, specifically homosexuality], and I will not be required to...

December 29, 2013: Gay Jews Are Superior To Straight Non-Jews, Israeli Leader Says
Comments: 22 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Gay Jews have "higher souls" than all non-Jews, gay or straight, Israel’s Deputy Minister for Religious Services, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan of the of the right wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party, says. But that doesn't mean, Ben-Dahan hastened to add,...

November 9, 2013: Haredi Mayor Of Beit Shemesh Says Town Has No Gays Or Lesbians, Gays And Lesbians Are Criminals And Ill
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Sefardim
What does Rabbi Moshe Abubtbol, the town’s Sefardi haredi Shas Party mayor – who was reelected late last month on a wave of massive haredi voter fraud allegedly carried out by his cronies – think of gays and lesbians? Rabbi...

November 8, 2013: Statement Of Haredi Umbrella Organization Agudath Israel Of America On Senate Passage Of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
"…The most unfortunate aspect of ENDA’s history is that today it has little to do with “discrimination.” ENDA is no longer intended simply to “right a wrong.” Rather, many of its proponents have used it – as they have used...

October 16, 2013: Updated: Leading Haredi Rabbis Order Followers To Vote Against Cory Booker And For Tea Party Candidate, Now Claim "Hoax" – But Is It?
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, the rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Philadelphia haredi yeshiva and the number two rabbi in Agudath Israel of America's Council of Torah Sages (the Moetzet); Rabbi Yisroel Neuman, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha (Lakewood Yeshiva); and...

September 1, 2013: Ex-Orthodox Transsexual Woman Standing For Australian Federal Parliament
Comments: 7 | Categories: BTs , Homophobia and its Discontents , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Melissa Starr is running for Australia's parliament on the the Sex Party ticket. She's Jewish, a former BT – and a transsexual. Above: Melissa Starr Here's her pitch to voters.

August 7, 2013: Spanish Jewish Community Responds To Uproar Over Haredi Chief Rabbi’s Anti-Gay Remarks By Insisting He Never Made Them
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Sefardim
Almost a week after the incident sparked an international outcry, the official Jewish community of Madrid, Spain responded to a report that their haredi chief rabbi had called homosexuals “deviants” who are in need of “reeducating” by denying their rabbi...

August 4, 2013: Madrid Haredi Chief Rabbi: Gays Deviants Who Need To Be Re-Educated
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
“Homosexuality is a deviation from nature. It’s an anti-natural tendency and a sin…The pastoral duties with regards to homosexuals are focused on re-educating them about their tendencies to return them to normal.” The haredi Chief Rabbi of Madrid Moshe Bendahan...

August 1, 2013: Three Haredim Arrested At Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
"About 2,500 participated in the march and there were no incidents, except for one stink bomb being thrown. An ultra-Orthodox (Jew) and two women suspected of causing the provocation were detained,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. But that relative calm...

August 1, 2013: Israel's First Orthodox Drag Queen
Comments: 6 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Just shy of midnight, Shahar Hadar trades his knitted white yarmulke for a wavy blond wig and a pink velvet dress. Cheers greet him in a packed gay bar as he starts to swivel to a Hebrew pop song, his...

July 17, 2013: Haredim Demand Governor Veto Bill That Prohibits Gay Conversion Therapy On Minors
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Reparative therapy claims to be able to make gay people straight. But it has been exposed as being a dangerous, failed therapy that hurts manypeople and helps very few (if any). It full of abuses, and has no significant support...

July 16, 2013: Racist Candidate For Chief Rabbi Lied To Attorney General
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu told Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein that he did not make any of the racist and homophobic statements attributed to him. When Weinstein didn't believe him, Eliyahu responded by justifying those very same comments – the comments...

June 28, 2013: For Gay Haredi And Orthodox Jews, Growth Of Social Media Creates A Safe Space Online
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
“I am a frum, gay & married male who feels compelled to share,” he wrote in his first blog entry. “I could be a mispallel [2] in your shul listening to the Rov talk about the perverts and mishkav zochornicks...

June 6, 2013: Haredi Man Busted For Threatening Lesbians With Axe
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
A 46-year-old haredi man from Bnei Brak was arrested in Tel Aviv for allegedly threatening a group of lesbians with an axe. Yeshiva World reports: A 46-year-old Bnei Brak resident described as “chareidi” was taken into custody for allegedly threatening...

June 2, 2013: Haredi Poster Against Christine Quinn Treats Her Like Enemy Of Jews, Says Her Name Should Be "Blotted Out"
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Yiddish posters were hung up in Borough Park calling for NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's name to be "blotted out" – a curse reserved in Jewish practice for enemies of the Jews like the biblical Haman and the Nazis. What...

May 31, 2013: OU-Linked Haredi Rabbi, Others, Ban NYC Israel Parade
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Rabbi Yisroel Belsky (right),the rosh yeshiva of Torah Vodaas and the OU's co-head posek (rabbi who decides cases of Jewish law), and other haredi rabbis have banned NYC Israel Parade due to… …gays: Yeshiva World reports: The following article was...

May 21, 2013: Lakewood Modesty Booklet – Gay In The Mikva
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
The Lakewood modesty booklet You and Eye has a small vignette on being a gay (or bi-curious) yeshiva student. Here it is: Related Post: New Lakewood Modesty Booklet. [Hat Tip: maven.] Related articles Lakewood Haredi Modesty Poster Yosef Kolko Child...

January 10, 2013: Kabbalists Happy Because They Get To Roll Naked In The Snow To Atone For Sins, Israeli Rabbi Says
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Snow has a more personal meaning to kabbalsits, Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri also noted, because they have the rare opportunity to perform a kabbalistic atonement ritual, tikkun gilgul sheleg – immersing oneself naked in snow and rolling front and back a...

January 9, 2013: Haredi Yeshiva Students Who Stoned Lesbian Teen Are Not True Haredim, Haredi Activist Says
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
"I have no idea if the stone-throwers from last week could be defined as haredim, but their behavior proves that they do not act according to the laws of the Torah. The teenagers acted they way they did despite the...

January 2, 2013: Updated: Teenage Girl Reportedly Stoned By Haredi Boys Who Thought She Was Lesbian
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
A teenage girl was attacked by a mob of yeshiva students in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ganey Tikva Sunday because they judged from her dress that she is a lesbian. File photo: haredim stone police in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem...

January 1, 2013: UPDATED: Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Says Gays No Worse Than Jews Who Don’t Keep Shabbos, Attacks Orthodox And Haredi Homophobia As Cruel
Comments: 53 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein – the son-in-law of the late leader of Modern Orthodoxy Rabbi Joseph Ber Solevechik, who was the heir to leadership of the Brisker stream of of Orthodoxy, as well – has strongly ruled that homosexuals should...

December 27, 2012: In A First For Israel, State Rabbinic Court Denies Woman Alimony Based On Alleged Lesbian Affair
Comments: 19 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Lesbian relationships are forbidden under Jewish law but generally bear no punishment and are not viewed as severe violations, unlike homosexual sex or heterosexual marital infidelity, which both carry severe punishments. Even so, the rabbis equated the purported affair with...

December 26, 2012: The Homophobic Chairman Of The Zionist Orthodox Habayit Hayehudi Political Party
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , BTs , Chabad , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Naftali Bennett is clearly homophobic – and he wants the Israel he hopes to lead to be homophobic, too. Naftali Bennett The Homophobic Chairman Of The Zionist Orthodox Habayit Hayehudi Political Party Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The chairman of the...

December 16, 2012: Don’t Let Arabs Tutor Your Kids Because They Could Be Gay Or Pedophiles, Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Rules
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Sefardim
“If the teacher lives a perverted lifestyle, what is vernacularly called a homosexual, one must be very careful when studying with such a person…We are not concerned about this matter when it comes to two Jews, but in the case...

December 10, 2012: Video: Y-Love Releases Pro-LGBT Video – In Yiddish
Comments: 27 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Music
"Since coming out this May, one of the major things that I have felt is an overwhelming sense of wanting to give back to the LGBT community in general and the Jewish LGBT community in particular. Spending most of my...

December 4, 2012: Haredi Rabbis Want Army To Stop Asking Haredi Yeshiva Students If They're Gay
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
"A friend of mine walked into the dining hall and asked as what does 'gay' mean. He's a righteous person and he really didn't know what it means. He went to the yeshiva head and told him how they had...

November 27, 2012: Jewish 'We'll Make You Straight' Conversion Therapy Group Sued For Deceptive Claims
Comments: 31 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents
Four gay men and two of their mothers filed a lawsuit today against Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH), a New Jersey conversion therapy group that claims to rid men of same-sex attractions and turn them straight. JONAH's therapy...

November 14, 2012: 5,600 Join Organization For Orthodox And Haredi Homosexuals
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Approximately 5,600 religious homosexuals have joined the Hod organization since its establishment in 2008, according to figures presented by the organization in a special seminar held in collaboration with the Israel Psychological Association. 5,600 join religious gays' organization Testimonies collected...

November 13, 2012: Secular Jewish School's Firing Of Openly Gay Principal Contested In Court
Comments: 32 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents
Joseph Gerassi, who is believed to have earned more than $300,000 a year as principal, is unlikely to find an equivalent job at another Jewish school because homosexuality is not condoned by sections of the Jewish community. Joseph Gerassi The...

November 10, 2012: Once A Villain, Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Now Gets Unexpected Support From Gays, Lesbians
Comments: 4 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Skepticism
Rabbi Shay Piron, who was named to the second spot on secularist Yair Lapid's new political party Yesh Atid’s list, has received strong unexpected support from Israel’s LGBT community, even though the Zionist Orthodox rabbi once advocated for change therapy...

November 4, 2012: Rabbi Yehuda Levin Blames Hurricane Sandy On "Homosexual Agenda," Gay Marriage
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
"Remember when Dr. Falwell and Dr. Pat Robertson attributed 9/11 to the homosexual agenda and abortion? Guess our leaders have a huge problem doing that now. After all, the dirty secret they don't tell us is that Romney supports homosexual...

October 18, 2012: Rabbis Jail Bi-Sexual Husband After Ten Years Of Get Refusal
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Women & Judaism
The woman discovered that her husband was secretly having an affair – with a man. In fact, she didn’t just discover her husband was having an affair – she caught him red-handed in the act. And then she immediately filed...

July 26, 2012: Homosexuality And Orthodoxy
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Homophobia and its Discontents
A public radio show interviews several gay Orthodox and haredi Jews and follows it up with a debate of sorts between Rabbi Meir Fund, who is haredi, and Rabbi Debra Kolody of Jewish Renewal. (Fund wipes the floor with Kolodny,...

July 3, 2012: Former Chabad Hasid Sues Judaica Store Heir Over Child Sexual Abuse
Comments: 49 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Chaim Levin, a gay activist who grew up in Crown Heights and who occasionally writes for FailedMessiah.com, filed a lawsuit against his cousin for allegedly sexually abusing him. Levin, a former Chabad hasid, alleges that the sexual abuse began when...

May 16, 2012: Hasidic Rapper Comes Out As Gay
Comments: 75 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“I feel like I’ve wasted years of my life worrying that it would alienate the community I dedicated my life to as an artist and as a man. But my hope is that it will open their eyes—and hearts.” Out...

April 20, 2012: Conservative Movement In Israel Approves Gay Rabbis
Comments: 55 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
Israel's Masorti Movement has decided to approve the ordination of homosexual rabbis. The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, affiliated with the movement, will admit gay and lesbian students for training as spiritual leaders this fall. Israeli Conservative Movement approves ordination of gay...

March 27, 2012: Haredi Posters Reported To Police
Comments: 49 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Religion
Posters promoting the 7 Laws of the Children of Noah post in Stamford Hill, London – presumably by Chabad followers – were reported to police as "homophobic." Greater London, England with Stamford Hill shown Police alerted over new homophobic posters...

February 12, 2012: Israel Psychological Association Says Sexual Orientation Therapy Can Hurt Patients – But Says It Still May Be Possible To Change Sexual Orientation Through Therapy
Comments: 35 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
According to Orthodox rabbis, the important thing is the fact that the IPA believes a patient should be presented with the existing knowledge, which warns against reparative therapy, but that the possibility to change a person's sexual orientation should not...

February 2, 2012: Rabbi Apologizes For Calling Homosexuality An Illness
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Amsterdam's chief rabbi apologized for signing a declaration which described homosexuality as an illness. Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag Rabbi apologises for calling homosexuality an illness PETER CLUSKEY • Irish Times The Hague – AS THE chief rabbi of Amsterdam apologised for...

January 31, 2012: Jewish Press Gets Threats Over Gay Article
Comments: 63 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
Last week, the Jewish Press ran an op-ed from a homosexual who was born and raised in a hasidic household. The article did not endorse or encourage homsexuality. Instead, it talked about the damage done to individuals by what can...

January 25, 2012: Gay, Orthodox, And Fed Up With Frum Homophobia And The "Torah Declaration"
Comments: 101 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
"It confuses me that this Torah Declaration contains flawed arguments that would pass muster in the beis medrash. Saying that Hashem would never make a gay person unable to change is simplistic, inconsistent and flat-out wrong. If someone gets into...

January 19, 2012: Jewish Day School Students Taught How To "Cure" Homosexuals
Comments: 102 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal , Religion
As part of the school's Jewish studies curriculum, pupils are shown a website from JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality. It promotes the idea that homosexuality can be "mitigated and potentially eliminated" and sends participants on retreats such...

January 18, 2012: Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Suspended For Anti-Gay Stance
Comments: 78 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, Aryeh Ralbag, who is also the head of Triangle K kosher supervision, was temporarily relieved from his post today by the board of the Orthodox Jewish community, after he signed a document, the "Torah Declaration,"...

January 4, 2012: Head Of International Network Of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals Removes His Name From 'We Can Cure Gays' Declaration
Comments: 69 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
"…the parts [of the "Torah Declaration"] that imply all forms of homosexuality are absolutely treatable with our current knowledge base [do] not adequately convey the complex clinical dimensions of this matter.” In other words, Rabbi Simcha Feuerman of Nefesh signed...

December 29, 2011: Romney Denounced By More Than "850" Rabbis As A "Dangerous Homosexualist"
Comments: 49 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Rabbi Yehuda Levin and a handful of fellow travellers claim "850 plus rabbis" at a Hanukkah "conclave" – which was attended by a handful of rabbis, not dozens or hundreds – denounced Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a "dangerous...

November 30, 2011: Haredi Rabbis Launch Secret Initiative To Oppose Orthodox Acceptance Of Gays
Comments: 146 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Med-Ethics
The initiative is endorsed by Agudath Israel of America's number two rabbi, Shmuel Kamenetzky and relies heavily on the false idea that all homosexuals can be "cured." Jayson Littman broke this story on the Huffington Post a couple days ago....

October 19, 2011: Hasidim Protest At Community College
Comments: 65 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
Hasidim protested same sex marriage, promiscuity and high taxes at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Hasidim protested same sex marriage, promiscuity and high taxes at the Borough of Manhattan Community College earlier this week. Stealtheworld writes on Tumblr: Hasidic...

October 11, 2011: Haredi Fringe Group Claims Molestation Of Boys Has "Surged" Since Same Sex Marriage Bill Passed In NY
Comments: 49 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents
JPAC wants men's mikvas to put up its anti-gay signs "The Jewish Political Action Committee is now organizing an awareness program to stop Gay molesters from attacking children and teens. Since the gay marriage bill in New York was introduced,there...

October 10, 2011: Haredi Fringe Group Works Borough Park
Comments: 63 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Torah & Science
The haredi fringe group JPAC puts its signs in sukkas in Borough Park. The JPAC people have created at least one unwelcoming sukka in Borough Park. Note the sign that says homosexuality is worse than murder. That moronic statement is...

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