NY Yeshiva Blasts Top Rabbi For Slurs Against LGBT, Reform Jews

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah posts rebuke after IDF-affiliated rabbi calls gay Jews ‘perverts’ and Reform Jews ‘Christian.’

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Photo: Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s website

As 25,000 people march through the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate LGBT pride, Israeli rabbis, institutions and politicians are trading barbs over inflammatory comments made by the head of a pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank. And a New York Orthodox yeshiva is now joining the fray.

“Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School joins the many rabbis, government officials, and institutions in Israel in rejecting the hurtful and unacceptable words of Rabbi Yigal Levenstein” the liberal Modern Orthodox rabbinical school wrote in a statement posted to its website.

Chovevei, which is located in Riverdale, condemned Rabbi Levenstein after a speech he gave at the “Zion and Jerusalem” conference last week. A video from the conference, which was attended by 700 rabbis and educators, was posted online.

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