| Friday, 04 January 2013 17:15|
In his Dec. 21 column (“Netanyahu’s fit of pique”), Rabbi James Rosenberg bemoans the recent decision of the Israeli government to build Jewish housing in the area known as E1. “Note well that such a development, if actually implemented, would put an end to the possibility of a two-state solution,” he warns, adding that “[t]his proposed development of E1 would … cut off the Palestinian capital [in Jerusalem] from its citizens on the West Bank.”
| Friday, 04 January 2013 17:12|
I read with personal interest the story in the Dec. 7 issue, “Family –owned company beats big-box prices.”
| Friday, 04 January 2013 17:11|
The National Council of Jewish Women/RI Section was deeply saddened to hear of the senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fact that children were targeted in this violent act makes it all the more tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of all the victims.
| Friday, 21 December 2012 02:53|
The Dec. 7 edition, which I just finished reading, was one of the best ever. The Voice & Herald staff can be exceptionally proud of the wonderful “product.” The greater Providence Jewish community must do everything it can to help the paper be financially strong so that the staff may continue their outstanding work. Thank you.
Goodman is the executive director of Tifereth Israel Congregation in New Bedford, Mass.
| Friday, 21 December 2012 02:52|
The Dec. 7 article, “New index aims to spur more inclusive LGBTQ policies” says that a young gay Jewish man felt excluded by Judaism because Leviticus says, “Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence.” He wished “there could have been some wiggle room applied.”
Wiggle room is exactly what has been applied to many other precepts in the Torah. Do we execute people for insulting their parents or committing adultery? That’s what Leviticus prescribes, yet, through the millennia, theologians have found milder interpretations of those verses. People everywhere wear fabric made of two kinds of material, violating Lev. 19:19, and no one considers them sinners. Only prohibitions against men loving men are taken literally, unable to be reinterpreted. (And, of course, the Bible says nothing about women loving women.)
When worried, confused parents of LGBT people come for support to PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays), many think their children are violating God’s laws. If more religious leaders applied wiggle room and compassion, parents and their children would not be troubled this way.
As a Jew and mother of a lesbian, I’m gratified that so many Jewish institutions in Rhode Island welcome LGBT people. I encourage those institutions to consult Keshet (keshet.org) for displays to make their acceptance obvious. And, I urge synagogues to have PFLAG brochures available for parents, and for LGBT people seeking to come out into the embrace of their families.
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