In 1861 Rav Yaakov Ettlinger penned what is likely the most revolutionary responsa of modern times; one that allowed, for the first time in Jewish history, those who publicly desecrated the Shabbat to remain part of the observant Jewish community. It allowed for the existence of the "non-Orthodox, Orthodox" and successfully kept many within the fold of Orthodoxy despite their very public desecration of laws for which the Torah calls for a death penalty.
To date the Orthodox community has not successfully paved a path for keeping those in the LGBT community within Orthodoxy. This inability has driven many in the LGBT community out of Orthodoxy, despite their desire to remain part of the Orthodox community.
To begin a discussion on this important issue - one that impacts either directly or through loved ones, a significant portion of the community - we at Torah in Motion will be holding a panel discussion:
The LGBT Community and Orthodoxy
Thursday May 26, 8:00 pm
at Associated Hebrew Schools, Kamin Education Centre
300 Atkinson Ave, Thornhill
We have assembled a group of outstanding panelists each representing an important perspective on this issue.
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Spiritual leader of the BAYT will give introductory remarks
Rabbi Chaim Strauchler, Spiritual leader of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation will give closing remarks
Dr. Elliott Malamet will be moderating the panel
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