theantijock saidLeave it to a rabbi to find a loophole in Torah.
There is no reason on God's good Earth why gay people should accept being treated as anything less than 100% human being. That this so-called rabbi is willing to offer an olive branch by showing acceptance for gay love, but not for bisexual love and not for marriage for gay people might do well to relieve his conscience and might do a little to reduce abuses upon us, but it does nothing to relieve the guilt of religion for their participation in causing our suffering.
It would be like Moses having opened up a travel agency in Egypt, but having never lead the tour towards the promised land.
I noticed his exclusion of bisexuals. As an agnostic (probably atheist) gentile, I find the debate itself fascinating--even the comment section. It is one of the reasons why I see judaism as one of the less harmful religions out there; they seem in general less dogmatic than at least the other Abrahamic religions.
He is clearly an enlightened Rabbi but Jews have their harmful zelots just as other religions do. As for the exclusion of bisexual love, a bisexual love is either with a member of the same sex or the opposite sex. So a bisexual who loves the same sex would be treated equally with a homosexual. Only if it is polyamorous is it a bisexual love and no, I don't expect any religious leader to address that.
Distinguishing "religion offense" from "moral offense" is a discussion I never hear in Christianity. When he states that it is akin to eating shrimp, he is giving homosexuals the same respect afforded to all people who do not follow the religion doctrine. Next he makes an argument for why homosexuals who want to be Orthodox can be exempted from this religious offense. This may sound preachy to us non-believers but he is not reaching out to us. He is speaking for the gay orthodox jew who wants complete acceptance within his community.
After reading the entire essay I feel he has accepted homosexuals as 100% human and has offered guidance to other Rabies for who to allow them to be a complete part of their religious community and even encourage their relationships. This means nothing to those of us who do not follow the faith but it is enormous to the homosexuals who do. It would be convenient to homosexuals if all religious people would give up their faith just as it would be convenient to religious people if all homosexuals remained forever celibate. The fact of the matter is, both are impossible. I do not see this Rabbi as extending an olive branch but rather as creating harmony within his community over a subject that is divisive in so many other religious communities. Since religion will always be a part of every society on this planet, I feel my only choice is to applaud his efforts.
I feel fortunate that I was raised in an atheist/agnostic household. It would be easy for me to belittle this Rabbi's efforts as well as those of any other enlightened spiritual leader. But then I would be just as guilty as the righteous religious folks who feel they stand on a higher ground than I.