Secrets of the Temple

Bazelon, Emily
May 1996
New Republic;5/6/96, Vol. 214 Issue 19, p20
Considers a proposal of Rabbi Stuart Kelman of the Netivot Shalom synagogue in Berkeley, California, to create an alternative sphere of recognition for gay and lesbian couples while still adhering to Jewish law. Overview of the commitment ceremony, called covenant of love; Distinction between the covenant and traditional Jewish marriage; Reference to a passage in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament of the Bible which rejects gay and lesbian relationships; Arguments of Rabbi Kelman for the covenant of love; View that same-sex marriage ceremonies prove the ability of Jewish tradition to adapt to modern times; Reaction of the conservative members of the synagogue.


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