Rabbi Yehuda Levin And Jerusalem’s Gay Pride March

The “leading American rabbi” Yehuda Levin mentioned in this Ynet article appears to be the same Yehuda Levin who was on Pat Buchanan’s staff for his presidential runs.

Levin wanted me to write an anti-abortion article for the Minnesota Jewish newspaper to publicize an anti-abortion campaign he was heading. I told him I would write an article on the halakhic views on abortion, including Rav Moshe Feinstein’s. Rav Moshe was opposed to state limits on abortion because he believed there would be times when halakha would mandate an abortion to save the life of the mother, and state controls would prevent that.

Rabbi Levin was confused by that. He said abortion is assur (forbidded) in all but the most extreme circumstances, and generally showed himself to be something far less than a halakhic expert.

Levin is now on an anti-gay crusade, sparked, it seems, by Jerusalem’s gay pride march. The idea that most homosexuals do not choose homosexuality, that genetics play a far more important role than “choice,” escapes him.

This does not mean Torah-observant Jews should promote homosexuality. But it does mean this issue demands a level of sensitivity and understanding Rabbi Levin and his haredi cohorts wholly lack.

Rather than marching for “morality,” Rabbi Levin should spend some time learning poskim.

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22 responses to “Rabbi Yehuda Levin And Jerusalem’s Gay Pride March

  1. Anonymous

    Rabbi Levin knows more than you think he does. He has not succumbed to the homosexual propaganda and pseudoscience re it allegedly being genetic, while you evidently have. I happen to know him and he is a talmid chochom. True that Ynet, by calling him a ‘leading American Rabbi’, exaggerated some. But what do you expect from Ynet – should they be experts in Israel on American Rabbis ?

    He is a good man who deserves credit for standing up for Torah values.

  2. C-Girl

    I just spent a couple of hours researching Rabbi Levin and his work. It appears that Rabbi Levin, despite appearing to be very learned, is happy to be a right-wing X-tian Evangelical lackey who shows up whenever Gary Bauer or Jerry Falwell ring and a camera’s rolling.

    Just a sampling of what’s out there: Jerry Falwell heaps praises upon him in the early pages of his books. He is a supporter of the ten commandments (King James translation, BTW- and aren’t there actually 13?) political initiative that the X-tian right was so fired up about. He has been photographed alongside right-wing Islamic leaders decrying the plague of homosexuality, and, as Shmarya mentioned, his pro-life goals are exactly the same as the X-tian right’s, which would afford zero recognition of halacha if ever, C”V, they became law.

    Further proof of this rabbi’s failure to see the truth while relying on pre-formulated rhetoric is his constant referance to Sen. Joe Lieberman as the banner-waver for the liberal left. How out of touch could someone possibly be? Sen. Lieberman’s conservative record has gotten him into lots of trouble with liberal and centrist democrats, so much so that he’s currently fighting an ugly battle to keep his seat. Liberal? Only in Rabbi Levin’s peverted world construct that needs a token high-level Jew to sacrifice to his X-tian conservative string-pullers.

    While he may know a lot, it appears that he has shaped his message in ways that sell out his people and his Torah.

    A little light reading:
    http://www.renewamerica.us/archives/media/interviews/03_11_17npc.htm

  3. hashfanatic

    Oh, another expendable regressive.

    Either way, my side will prevail.

  4. Anonymous

    Shmarya, are you a homo because of genetics or choice? your readers need to know.

  5. Nigritude Ultramarine

    Rabbi Levin was confused by that. He said abortion is assur (forbidded) in all but the most extreme circumstances, and generally showed himself to be something far less than a halakhic expert.

    Rabbi Levin sounds like a practioner of “Judaism cum Conservative Talk Radio” — puke-a-tronic.

  6. Turns out a friend of mine learned with Levin at the Mir. He says Levin is a nice guy, very smart, really believes the stuff he pushes. I think we have a case of a very well-meaning da’at yachid.

  7. Anonymous

    Rosenberg supports any group march that usually includes NAMBLA eehh. The best thing that could happen is for the Jewish leaders to stand back and let the Arabs, Muslim or Christian who oppose this march as well kick those faggot asses back into the closet. And since Jews arent involved, the army and police will stand by and do nothing, Rosenpoof will have no Jewish violence to poison pen about and those homos will learn what democratic majority rule is all about. A win win situation if ever there was one.

  8. Ma. Rabbi

    Abortion is forbidden in Judaism except where the pregnancy poses a danger to the life of the mother.If you intend to imply that Rav Moshe took a more lenient view. Please quote me the source in Igros Moshe,but I doubt that there is such a source.

  9. Anonymous

    Rabbi Levin is not a daas yochid. He is a disciple (in terms of his activism) of Rav Avigdor Miller z”l, as well as other Rabbis. True, they are among the more conservative (small c) ultra-Orthodox, but they do exist. You may not share their views, but to make it sound like Levin just invented a new derech is plain wrong.

    Maybe his rhetorical flourishes seem a bit expansive at times, but, on the whole, I think that what he is doing has firm basis in orthodox tradition.

  10. Ma Rabbi –

    “Rav Moshe was opposed to state limits on abortion because he believed there would be times when halakha would mandate an abortion to save the life of the mother, and state controls would prevent that.

    Is this too difficult for you to grasp?

  11. You could also ask Rav Dovid, Rav Reuven, or Rav Schachter. This is no big secret.

  12. hashfanatic

    To the anonymous poster above: Here’s one “poofter” who devoutly prays the IDF commandoes take out ANY haredi insect who dares to intrude…and I’m talking right between the eyes.

    Oh, I guess that would be cause for a riot, then….

  13. Yochanan Lavie

    Forgive me ignorance, but doesn’t the torah forbid anal sex between men, but not a gay orientation per se? Why not believe and let live? Unless those who are obsessed with homosexuals secretly think they are one.

  14. hashfanatic

    This is correct, and yes, Yochanan, this is a question of repressed sexuality and the self-hate that comes of it, which is than transposed onto decent people who are quite comfortable in their own skin, and have nothing to hide.

  15. A brief story. When I was about 18, I went to San Francisco to visit a cousin (female, straight) who lived near the intersection of Polk and Bush in the heart of gay San Francisco, in large part because she worked until 11 pm and thought it safer for her there than elsewhere.

    While shopping, I was approached by a guy who asked me out, his assumption being that almost every male within a six block radius was gay. What was my reaction?

    I thanked him but told him I was straight. End of story.

  16. hashfanatic

    You could have congratulated him on his good taste, and THEN sent him on his way!

  17. Stephen Mendelsohn

    BS”D

    The anonymous poster sounds like the Jewish version of the hate-mongering Westboro Baptist Church, with its ugly message of (chas v’shalom) “G-d Hates F-gs”. The same Torah that forbids mishkav zachar also commands v’ahavta l’reiecha k’amocha.

  18. Anonymous

    Amazing, if these were so called settlers marching to be heard all the “DrugFanatics” and the like would be up in arms and yelling how incitefull their presence is and how great it would be if the army shot them all down, kapos that these posters are, but if the homosexuals want to march and it pisses off a majority segment of a, like it or not religously founded city, then everyone else is intolerant and homophobic blah blah. The only so called democracy in this state is for secular people.

  19. hashfanatic

    Pipe down, sultan. If you want to be gay too, open enrollment isn’t until September.

    You’ll just have to miss this year’s march.

  20. Anonymous

    Actually DrugHead where I live people wait until all the queers die of aids and then take over their propery quite cheaply cause their families have a lot of bills due to their deceaseds medical bills and need to close escrow at whatever price they can get, While the rest of us write a new chapter in our lives everyday, you tippy toes write an addenedum to you last wills and testaments.

  21. hashfanatic

    Well, I guess that’s nice for you, but then where would that leave you when your mother seroconverts?

  22. Anonymous

    “While shopping, I was approached by a guy who asked me out, his assumption being that almost every male within a six block radius was gay. What was my reaction?

    I thanked him but told him I was straight. End of story.”

    And you’re still kicking yourself for missing the opportunity.

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