On July 24, we began the time in our Jewish calendar known as the Three Weeks. This is a sad time when we remember the many disasters that befell the Jewish people in the past. Last year, the controversial ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage happened during the Three Weeks.
Some of you thought of that as a happy event. But many of us thought it was yet another Three Weeks disaster. Like the much-condemned Supreme Court “Dred Scott” decision, which ruled that a black slave could not be an American citizen, we believe that the Obergefell v Hodges decision is morally wrong.
Now we find ourselves in the month of Elul, when we begin the introspection that brings us to our High Holy Days. This is the time when we ask ourselves: Am I on the right path? Am I doing what I should be doing? What path has Judaism traditionally advocated as far as homosexuality?
Our holy Torah explicitly condemns male homosexual behavior. Rambam later condemned female homosexual behavior. We are not talking about people but rather behavior. All of us are made in G-d’s image and our souls are pure. But, in Judaism, we are held responsible for our acts and given guidelines in the Torah as to how we should behave.
Now we are living in a time when even the Republican Party gives a standing ovation to PayPal founder Peter Thiel when he says he’s proud to be gay at the 2016 convention. The overwhelming influence is to support homosexuality.
However Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, a descendant of the Vilna Gaon, writes that we are required to protest wrongs and injustices. He says if we don’t protest, G-d holds us responsible for the evil along with the perpetrators.
To protest the acceptance of homosexual marriage as good, I’ve started an organization called The Lock & Key Society at lockandkeysociety.wordpress.com. To join this group, you only need to believe that traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, is best for society and for the individual. Many of the world’s major religions as well as numerous sociological studies agree that a child does best with a mother and a father.
The website is in its infancy. I’m hoping to have more articles posted and would like members to send me pertinent articles and links.
So if you wish to protest, add your name to my organization and help me build the website. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-443-6159.
Therese Dorfman is an accountant, a grandmother of six and has been the director of education for Chavurah Or Tikvah in Oconomowoc for the past 18 years. The views expressed here are those of Dorfman and The Lock & Key Society members only.