Senior Rabbi in Bitter War of Words for Claiming ‘Gay Revolution is Fantastic’

Orthodox leader unleashes extraordinary verbal assault on S&P Sephardi Community’s Joseph Dweck for his views on homosexuality

Rabbi Joseph Dweck

An Orthodox rabbi has unleashed an extraordinary public attack against the head of the Spanish and Portuguese community for claiming “the homosexual revolution is a fantastic development for humanity”.

Rabbi Aaron Bassous has openly criticised a lecture given earlier this month by Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community as “twisted, misguided and mistaken” in a public notice posted in Golders Green.

The lecture was shared on social media last Friday, but Dweck was asked to remove the audio file from the S&P Sephardi Community website.

However, in a recording heard by Jewish News, the lecture explains the religious prohibition on homosexuality and presents an enlightened Orthodox view on the issue.

In the discussion, Rabbi Dweck can be heard to say: “Whatever hang-ups you have are yours, don’t hang them on the Torah.”

He added: “Homosexuality in society has forced us to look at how we deal with love between people of the same sex and it has reduced the taboo of me, my children and my grandchildren being able to love another human being of the same sex genuinely, to show them affection, to express love without the worry of being seen as deviant and problematic.

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