"There is a community which wants to murder other people. It's their nature and they must murder – so we should give them equality? Why give them equality, because they are murderers?" Horowitz said during a rare press conference held at his Jerusalem home.
Above: Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, the Jerusalem Bostoner Rebbe 2009 (Betzalel Gersten; Wikipedia; Creative Commons license)
Bostoner Rebbe Equates LGBT Jews To Murderers
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Har Nof Bostoner Rebbe, American born and raised Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, wants you to know three things: 1. Eli Yishai's new Yachad–Ha'am Itanu Party can be considered a haredi party for the purpose of the upcoming election and, 2. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered are halakhicly equivalent to murderers. 3. Haredim may not vote for the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party because it supported drafting haredi yeshiva students and because it is in favor of granting full civil rights to same-sex couples.
"There is a community which wants to murder other people. It's their nature and they must murder – so we should give them equality? Why give them equality, because they are murderers?" Horowitz said during a rare press conference held at his Jerusalem home, Ynet reported.
But Horowitz, considered a moderate among hasidic rebbes, stressed that he was aware of the suffering of LGBT Jews.
"Just like we have agunahs [women trapped in abad marriages by husbands who refuse to grant them a Jewish religious divorce known as a get] – isn't that unfortunate? Don't we want to find a solution? If we have a solution, we implement the solution. If we don't have one, we don’t,” Horowitz declared, adding that only 2% to 3% of people have homosexual inclinations.
Gay Orthodox men have two options, Horowitz continued, suppress their sexual desires or marry a woman.
"Some women want sons, and they don't care how they do it. Some women don't really want a relationship with a man, so it's possible,” Horowitz said, adding that these women must be told about the man’s sexual inclination before marrying him, "just like [she should be told about] any other shortcoming."
"I know observant guys who I wanted to offer a match, and they refused. They likely refused for that reason. But they lived in total devotion, to protect the Torah. Sometimes a person has to sacrifice himself for things which are fundamental in Jewish life. I personally know one man who really has these tendencies. He got married and had sons, and they already have their own sons. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know if he changed his reality. I have spoken with psychologists. There is a division of opinion between psychologists over whether this reality can be changed or not,” Horowitz insisted.
"For example, when a person enters a mikveh [ritual bath] of cold water. He is uneasy and doesn’t like it, but he does it because he believes he wants to go to the mikveh. So it's the same if one wants to observe the the mitzvah of procreation. It could be the same situation,” Horowitz said.
On the other hand, Horowitz said he “believes in democracy" and admitted that the haredi world has failed to find or offer a halakhic (Orthodox Jewish law-based) response to the complexities involved with having a Jewish state.
"Thank God that we don't have a majority in the government. I fear the day when we have 61 Knesset members. For example, I don’t know how the airport could be closed on Shabbat in the modern world. Thank God that no one is asking me such questions,” Horowitz said.