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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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How Flexible Can Jewish Law Be?

How Flexible Can Jewish Law Be?

Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1–18:30)

Chapter:
(p.151) Twenty-Nine How Flexible Can Jewish Law Be?
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Torah Queeries
Author(s):

Elliot N. Dorff

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0029

This chapter critiques the homosexual discrimination as noted in the readings of Parashat Acharei Mot of Leviticus: “You shall not lie with a man as a man lies with a woman; it is an abomination.” Science has demonstrated that discrimination against gays and lesbians culminate to higher rates of suicide, smoking, and depression, together with many other threats to the physical and psychological well-being of queer individuals. In addition, given that the Talmud declares that “it is not good for a person to live alone,” and commands one to honor others, it is clearly a dishonor to gays and lesbians to prohibit them to be with their desired partners, and to label their sexual acts as an abomination.

Keywords:   homosexual discrimination, gays, lesbians heterosexuals, Talmud, sexual acts

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