Orthodox Lesbian is Running for Knesset in Feiglin’s Party

Lisa Liel was inspired to become more observant by the late MK Rabbi Meir Kahana, who spoke about Jewish pride at Liel’s university.


Lisa Liel (photo by Marc Israel Sellem)

Former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin has come a long way since writing a controversial article a decade ago in which he declared himself “a proud homophobe.”

He canceled a meeting with the gay community in March 2013 after he received complaints from key supporters in the US. But he held a high-profile meeting with gay activists in December 2014 and he became friends with gay Likud MK Amir Ohana.

Now that Feiglin has his own party, Zehut, he told The Jerusalem Post he “doesn’t check who people sleep with” and has welcomed Chicago immigrant Lisa Liel, an Orthodox Jewish lesbian who is running in Tuesday’s Zehut primary.

The candidates running Tuesday include two who made aliya from the US: Liel and New Jersey-raised, Yeshiva University educated Hebron spokesman Yishai Fleisher. If elected to Knesset, Liel would be the first openly lesbian MK, though Marcia Friedman came out after she completed her one term in 1977.

Liel, 54, has been together for 19 years with her partner, with whom she has a daughter who is a high school senior. But Liel stressed that she does not consider herself a gay activist and said she has opposed the Jerusalem gay pride parade from the start.“Being gay is part of who I am, just like having brown hair and brown eyes,” Liel said. Continue reading in the Jerusalem Post