(That my mother knows of, at least.) For the most part, I'm exempt from all of these crimes.
I worry my mother for one reason, and for one reason only: as a queer observant Jewish woman, I adamantly refuse to only date Jews.
Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school story? Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising to power.
Despite being made in Germany, Mäedchen in Uniform was more successful elsewhere in Europe than in its home country.
Like most dating sites, users pay a fee and compose a profile.
But not so typically, they don't get to browse a database full of potential mates and their glamour shots.
"The matchmaker adds a human element to the digital element," said Rabbi Chaim Lipskar, who went online with JMiami two months ago and has signed up 150 people so far.
“There’s tons of dating sites but there’s nothing specific to being Jewish and queer,” said Joanna Halpern, an undergraduate student at Mc Gill University who identifies as a Jewish lesbian. Unlike other dating apps, it has all the perfect questions for being Jewish and all the specific questions for being queer that other websites would be lacking.” Organizers of North Carolina’s gay pride parade and festival said they would find a solution following complaints from the Jewish community about the event being scheduled for Yom Kippur.
“We’re going to solve that no matter what it takes,” organizer John Short told The Herald-Sun on Thursday.
The liberal Jewish movements have undergone dramatic shifts in their approach to gay, lesbian and transgender Jews in the past two decades, but among the Orthodox the changes have been far less dramatic — and in many quarters, virtually nonexistent.
Two seemingly clear biblical denunciations of homosexual sex, as well as the corpus of rabbinic commentaries and legal codes based on those verses, limit how far Orthodox Judaism, marked by its fidelity to traditional understandings of Jewish law, or halacha, can move on this subject.