When I see the coarse arguments currently raging over the issue of same-sex marriage, I don't see any thoughtful or fascinating debates or any embracing of tension. I see two armies shooting at each other.
An animated discussion took place a little more than three years ago when Congregation Lev Chadash in Milan, Italy, was a newly established synagogue. The discussion was sparked by the mention by one of its charter members of a possible visit from an American rabbi, a woman.
The discussion also included the congregation's sponsoring rabbi in London. The general consensus was that it might be too soon for such a visit.