Retrieved from " https: These words were condemned by Rabbi Aaron Bassous as "false and misguided Immanuel Jakobovitsin his entry Homosexuality in the Encyclopedia Judaica Keter Publishingdescribes the traditional opinion on homosexuality in this way:. Judaism's sexual ideal is marital sex; all other forms of sexual behavior deviate from that ideal. Retrieved April 11,
There is very little discussion of female homosexuality in the Talmud.
Homosexuality and Judaism
Conservative Jewish writer Herschell Matt initially argued that homosexuals may be excused because Judaism does recognise 'constraint' as a valid excuse to disobey the law. At one time, a large portion of Jewish law revolved around questions of ritual purity and impurity. Traditionally, Judaism has understood homosexual male intercourse as contrary to Judaism, and this opinion is still maintained by Orthodox Judaism. Such acts are condemned in the strongest possible terms, as abhorrent. The requirement of marriage before sex ensures that sense of commitment and responsibility. He distinguishes between six varieties of homosexuals, including "genuine homosexuals" who have "strong preferential erotic feelings for members of the same sex", "transitory" and "situational" homosexuals who would prefer heterosexual intercourse but are denied it or seek gain in homosexuality, and heterosexuals who are merely curious.
A Jewish couple must meet at least once before the marriageand if either prospective spouse finds the other physically repulsive, the marriage is forbidden. The Torah does not specify the reason for the laws of niddah, but this period of abstention has both physical and psychological benefits. Homosexuality is rather part of God's creation; therefore, gay men and lesbians may be ordained to the rabbinate. Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Inthe Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association elected as president Rabbi Jason Kleinthe first openly gay man chosen to head a national rabbinical association of one of the major Jewish denominations in the United States. The responsum invoked the Talmudic principle of kavod habriyotwhich the authors translated as "human dignity", as authority for this approach.