Rabbi Akiba in the Talmud said, "Beloved are human beings that they are made in the Divine image, but even more love is felt when we know that we are made in the Divine image." And that is something about which to have all kinds of pride.Read More
So many people get nervous about explaining homosexuality or same-sex marriage to their children. I would offer that, just like any other topic in life, if we focus on the basic truths for us and answer the questions being asked, we create an open dialogue and build understanding.Read More
Sukkot is the perfect backdrop to another annual tradition, National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate being open about sexual orientation and gender identity as well as to promote a society of safety and dignity for all people whomever they love and however they experience and express themselves.Read More
For me, coming out is like my childhood ideal of a family, it’s never-ending. It doesn’t just happen when you come out to yourself. Or to your parents. Or even to the entire family, including neighbors and family friends. It’s on the airplane, striking up a conversation with your row-mate. It’s talking about the weekend by the water cooler. It’s just standing silently by the pictures in the hall of your home with a repair person.Read More
One of the protest signs being held up said, "Homosexuality was the sin of Sodom." As a Jewish educator (and decent human being), I found myself wanting to shout back, "No it wasn't! You're misreading the bible verses! You're getting them wrong!"