The Orthodox Gay Marriage Proposal that Got to the News

Author: A Wider Bridge Staff
Published: February 21, 2017

During a recent Ivri Lider concert in Kfar Saba, Moshe Grossman surprised his boyfriend Eran Ashkenazi and popped the question in front of the audience and a camera recording every minute.

A couple who live an orthodox religious life style, Eran Ashkenazi and Moshe Grossman, were on the Israeli news after the outstanding marriage proposal during the Ivri Lider concert, who himself is one of the prominent figures in the gay community. The audience during the concert was moved, and then the social media, displaying a sight you do not see every day: with a yarmulke and religious zealots, they celebrated their love and the beginning of their lives together.

After the moving event, the two described their feelings with a quote from the Bible, “But as for me, it is good to be near God” (Psalm 73:28). “We wanted to share our joy, that G-d to summoned us to each other, to be together and love together, and determined our decision to live together and build a home. May there be many more celebrations in Israel. Eran and Moshe.”

Both Moshe and Eran are members of Havruta, an organization for orthodox gay men. The two were interviewed on a national TV news show following the proposal, and thanked the host of the show for the interest in their story. “Thank you for giving us a stage and letting us show that there’s an alternative way for LGBT orthodox people, and there’s a way to live as orthodox here in this country,” they said.

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Watch the segment on Israeli news below: