Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Noah Feldman, step aside?

The Forward reports:

Alumni of a prominent Modern Orthodox yeshiva in Brooklyn were prohibited from bringing same-sex partners to a class reunion last month, causing an uproar among some former students.

The high-school division of Yeshivah of Flatbush, one of the most prestigious Modern Orthodox schools in New York City, held a reunion in late December for members of the class of 1997. While most alumni were invited to bring guests, a few were explicitly forbidden to do so. According to sources, graduates thought by yeshiva personnel to have same-sex significant others were sent an e-mail that barred them from bringing their partners.


Blogger -suitepotato- said...

So what is the MO position on same-sex relationships?

January 22, 2008 5:32 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I can't imagine that the official position would be anything other than that it is an issur d'oraita. Similar to Catholicism, I have heard the phrase "Hate the sin, not the sinner".

January 22, 2008 6:20 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

I agree that the sin and not the sinner need be turned from but I can also understand the idea that giving apparent approval to the things the sinner does by allowing them to brazenly display an affect of that sin might be the wrong thing to do.

I've got lots of gay friends and some relatives. I've told them plainly that what they do deeply disturbs some on a moral level and they should not expect to make it go away by belittling others' beliefs and yet hypocritically in doing expect their own to be more strongly respected.

Today's world is at an impasse of extremes I think precisely because of that refusal to see the relevance of the other side's thinking and mistaking the seeing of it as an implied agreement. You need not agree with the other person to grant them that to their POV it is an important idea and the correct one TO THEM.

January 23, 2008 11:22 PM  

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