Goldilocks and the three Orthodoxies

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Rabbi Steve Greenberg spoke at Limmud-Oz in Sydney, Australia on June 10. “I AM attracted to both men and women. What do I do?” Steve Greenberg asked Israeli Charedi Rabbi Yosef Eliashiv when he was studying at yeshivah. He was expecting the traditional halachic response – that homosexuality is banned in the Torah because same-sex […]

Australian Rabbi ‘looks forward to the day’ she can wed same-sex couples

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The annual Mardi Gras Shabbat will be held in Emanuel Synagogue this year, helping to celebrate Sydney’s Jewish LGBTI community and advocate for key issues affecting queer people. ‘Dayenu’ in Mardi Gras 2016 The Shabbat will be held by the city’s primary Jewish LGBTI group Dayenu, a group that meets for social gatherings, to celebrate Jewish […]

Leak’s SS-SSM Comparison ‘Repulsive’

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A cartoon comparing equal marriage advocates to the Nazi stormtroopers has been slammed as “repulsive”, “unacceptable” and “an inversion of history”, by leaders of the Jewish and LGBTQI+ communities. Cartoonist Bill Leak’s image, titled “Waffen SSM” (a play on the initials of same-sex marriage), published in The Australian last Wednesday, depicts a group of men dressed […]

Australia: Jewish MPs criticised for gay marriage stance

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A controversial rabbi says Jewish members of the Australian House of Representatives who support same sex marriage have ‘gaps’ in their ‘spiritual literacy.’ Australia’s three federal Jewish MPs, Josh Frydenbery, Labor’s Michael Dandy and Mark Dreyfuss, all support legalising same-sex marriage. The Institute for Judaism and Civilization Dr Shimon Cowen has told Sky News that […]

Dance of a Lifetime

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Mr Gaga, Tomer Heymann’s documentary about the dancing-phenomenon Ohad Naharin is currently screening in Australia. Australian Jewish News caught up with Tomer about how this project came about, and recalled a 2014 interview with Ohad Naharin, when he came to Australia with his partner Ari and their daughter. The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin with dancers […]

Embracing LGBTI Jews

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Australia’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott launched a video on Monday night highlighting the openness of the Jewish community to Jews of diverse sexual orientation. Created by members of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria’s (JCCV) Jews All Diverse and Equal group, the nine-minute film features a group of young people who identify as […]

A celebration of identity

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NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) president Jeremy Spinak joined over 70 members of Sydney’s Jewish community who took part in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as part of Dayenu’s float last weekend. Dayenu is a Sydney-based group run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) Jews and […]