(JTA) — T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is urging action in Israel against two rabbis who made “denigrating” comments about LGBT people and women, among other comments that stirred controversy in recent days. The rabbinic network, which represents some 1,800 rabbis in North America, said in a release Thursday that the Israel Defense…
Thousands are predicted to march in the Jerusalem Pride March on July 21, which will mark one year since an ultra-Orthodox man murdered 16-year-old marcher Shira Banki and wounded six others at the 2015 parade. But Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, will be nowhere in sight. Barkat said he will not be joining out of deference to ultra-Orthodox sensitivities.
Rabbi Yig’al Levinstein, the head of an IDF pre-conscription academy who called homosexual people “perverts”, slammed the army’s efforts to avoid harming civilian noncombatants.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, including a 16-year-old girl fatally, was sentenced to life in prison. On Sunday, the Jerusalem District Court also ordered Schlissel to pay compensation to the family of Shira Banki, the teen who was killed, and to those injured in the…
As an ex-Orthodox Jew, a gay man, and the son of lesbian women—and thus someone who has experienced oppression in the Orthodox community as both a queer person and the son of queer women—I find both Katz’s and Herzfeld’s articles not only self-congratulatory, but false and harmful.
A longtime advocate in the fight against anti-Semitism asks why we haven’t worked just as hard to protect LGBT folks and other minorities.
The massacre in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and the worst terror incident since 9/11, is a terrible human tragedy, first and foremost. It will shock even those Americans who have grown numb to the daily recurrence of mass-shootings in their country. Orlando, renowned for making children’s dreams come true, will now be known for enacting hellish grown-up nightmares as well.
Liam Hoare admits thinking the image of an Israeli airplane bedecked in the colors of the rainbow flag was a hoax. Unfortunately, the $2.9M boondoggle to promote Tel Aviv Pride was very real.
It felt like Israel’s gay community had taken a major step forward.
Pesia Soloveichik describes the fearful process of coming out as gay in the Orthodox community — while she was a Talmud teacher at an Orthodox high school.