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Rabbi: Lesbian daughter is dead to parents

Filed By Ed Team | February 18, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

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"I'm willing to talk with your parents. Give me the address, I'll talk and tell them 'parents, come and sit shiva for her, cry (for her)."

--Rabbi Menachem Froman when asked by a lesbian about her parents' homophobia

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This is most sad.

One of the outcomes of this is a breaking of the bonds of kinship. The person is cast out of their family.

I wish peace to the Rabbi Froman, for it is apparent he has lost such and strayed mightily.

As a Reform Jew, I can assure you that this is not good Judaism. In fact, all denominations (yes, even Conservative now) other than Orthodox ordain gay men and lesbians as Rabbis and Cantors. BTW, Orthodox still doesn't ordain women.

Such an extreme statement does not even represent the mainstream of Orthodoxy, but the lunatic fringe. While I would not say that most Orthodox Jews are "accepting" of homosexuality, it is rare that they would go far as to "sit shiva" (i.e. do what they would have done had their daughter died).