by Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon

Forbidden and Permitted Relations

When I first heard the news that the lawmaking body of the Conservative movement rejected two proposals for full acceptance of gay and lesbian Jews and accepted the responsum, or teshuvah, of Rabbis Dorff, Nevins and Reisner, advocating partial acceptance, I almost cried with frustration. I am a newcomer to the Conservative movement, having identified as Orthodox for most of my life. I am devoted to halakhah, Jewish law, but no abstract principle is more important than real human beings. Rejection of the two most liberal teshuvot seemed an inversion of these priorities.

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Navigating Sexuality

The articles in this special section:

The Rehearsal Man

by Jill Dearman

How does she turn gay women straight?

What’s Next, After Gay Rabbis?

by Melanie Weiss with Rabbi Susan Schnur

Time to think about sex and sexual identity along a spectrum the seminaries haven’t even considered yet.

Forbidden and Permitted Relations

by Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon

Blessings for Gender Transitions

by Rabbi Elliot Kukla