Orthodox Judaism

Between Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

Between Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

My bar mitzvah date was totally messed up. The synagogue bureaucrat who assigned it gave me the double portion of Aharei-Mot/Kedoshim to be read on April 26, 1969. But I was born in late June! I'm not sure why they thought it was ok, but this was a full two months before my 13th birthday. By mistake, I was given [more]
Between Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim

INSIDE – OUT: Purim as a Jewish Coming-Out Day

Purim is a holiday that celebrates the power of secrets and their revelation. The rabbis of the Talmud mark Purim explicitly as the festival of masks--which calls for nothing less than an unmasking of ourselves and ultimately, of God. This is the one time of the year when drinking a bit too much is a [more]
Can gay and lesbian teens find a home in Orthodoxy?

Can gay and lesbian teens find a home in Orthodoxy?

Originally posted on The Jewish Journal By eighth grade, Micha Thau knew he was gay. But he also knew that being gay was not acceptable in many of the Orthodox spaces he inhabited. So he buried that part of himself. But it didn’t stay buried. He began to suffer headaches, vertigo and other physical symptoms [more]
A Journey Helped by Eshel

A Journey Helped by Eshel

Originally posted on The Jewish Link It is perhaps inarguable that for most Orthodox Jewish parents, the path for their children is to get an education, meet the “right” person, get married, settle down and start a family. That’s at least what Mindy Dickler, a Baltimore mother of three and a member of the Orthodox [more]