100 Orthodox Rabbis Object to D.C. Rabbi: "A Union Not Sanctioned by Torah Law is Not an Orthodox Wedding"


The Algemeiner:

In response to a recent “Orthodox” same-sex marriage ceremony conducted in Washington, D.C. by Rabbi Steve Greenberg, – who is openly gay, and married Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan at the 6th & I Synagogue in Washington in November – over 100 Orthodox Rabbis – among them some of the most prominent rabbinic figures in the Orthodox Jewish world, including Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Hershel Reichman of Yeshiva University and Rabbi Elie Abadie of the Safra Synagogue – issued a statement declaring that, “By definition, a union that is not sanctioned by Torah law is not an Orthodox wedding, and by definition a person who conducts such a ceremony is not an Orthodox rabbi.”

They also dispelled any doubt over possible flexibility on the matter in the future, writing, “We strongly object to this desecration of Torah values and to the subsequent misleading reportage…the public should not be misled into thinking that Orthodox Jewish values on this issue can change, are changing, or might someday change…any claims to the contrary are inaccurate and false.”


  1. OrthodoxJew
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    An "Orthodox" Jewish wedding for two men is like a Muslim religious ceremony to build statues of the Muslim prophet Muhammed: it's impossible. This "rabbi" should be exposed for the fraud that he is.

  2. Mark
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    How do those 100 Rabbis feel about the Catholic Church protecting pedophile priests? What does the Torah say about that?

  3. Randy E King
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    The "Reality Distortion Field" is alive and well in the so called "homosexual" community.

  4. Tirtza
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    To Mark,

    The Orthodox Jewish Rabbis make decisions based on Jewish Law that has to do with how Jews should conduct themselves. We do not rule on what the Catholic Church should or should not do, that would be for Catholic dogma to decide. If a non-Jewish lawmaker or clergy asked for an opinion on such an issue perhaps the rabbis would give an opinion but it would not be binding, because rabbis have no jurisdiction over non-Jews.In fact, Jewish Law holds that the law of the land is the law, except in those cases where it would require a Jew to break an important law, like the recent proposed anti-circumcision law. Real rabbis do not waste their time with frivolous activities. In this case the "rabbi" who "married" the two homosexual men was not only doing something forbidden, he himself is guilty of their sin. Also, those who made this false report about the rabbi being :
    "Orthodox" are guilty, it's called "putting a stumbling block before the blind."
    May G-d protect us all from falsehood and deception.

  5. Benjamin
    Posted December 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Dear Tirtza,

    My comment is a little off-topic, but occasionally I see folks censoring themselves (in a manner of speaking) when using His name, and it didn't quite occur to me why they were doing that; I thought it was just a habit or personal preference of theirs. In the past couple years I've thinking about ways in which to better serve and respect Him and how we should live our lives, though, and now that I see that again, now that I see you writing "G-d" instead of including the "o", I think I better understand now why some folks do that. I appreciate it. :)

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