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  • Circumcise your heart: Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    A friend who works for the federal government wrote recently to say that because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), she was able to add her wife to the family’s insurance plan. “I never thought I would get emotional while on the phone with an...

  • [Repost] Time To Sparkle (Jewish Women’s Archive)

    By Tera Greene

    July 9, 2013 | 10:16 pm

    I recently contributed a piece to the Jewish Women's Archive for LGBT Pride Month.  Here's the repost! 

    http://jwa.org/blog/time-to-sparkle

    Excerpt:

    Part I: It's All A Matter Of Perspective

    I had to do some deep and major digging the last couple of years. Transitions...

  • High fives

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 2, 2013 | 4:43 pm

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

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  • Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings

    By Mark Paredes

    July 2, 2013 | 12:34 am

    "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their...

  • Aunt Trudy Will Not Be Saying Kaddish For Prop 8

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 1, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

    For forty-five years, Aunt Trudy had been my great-aunt Charlotte’s – what’s the word here? “Room mate?” “Apartment mate?” That’s what they were, technically – sharing a small, plainly...

  • The Arc of History is Bendy, But It Wobbles Toward Justice

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 28, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    This week, the US Supreme Court vitiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and then ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-gender marriage, unconstitutional.  This, in my opinion, meant a step backward and then a step forward for civil rights.

    ...
  • Edie Windsor’s lawyer and the daughters of Zelophehad

    June 28, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Edie Windsor, who brought the lawsuit that this week felled the Defense of Marriage Act, is Jewish. So was her wife, Thea Spyer, who died in 2009.

    The federal government’s insistence on ignoring the spousal exemption and taxing Windsor for Spyer’s estate — despite the fact that...

  • Rabbi: Only messiah can straighten out gay ruling

    June 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    A few stragglers took a bit longer to formulate their responses to the landmark Supreme Court decision this week on gay marriage.

    The National Council of Young Israel wasn’t quite as eloquent as the Orthodox Union, nor as elegiac as Agudath Israel of America, but the essential...

  • Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 28, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded in Leviticus 18 has been affirmed by some, negated by others and reinterpreted by still others. Did the Torah intend loving same sex relationships?...

  • WeHo rally celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

    June 27, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Thousands of people came to West Hollywood on June 26 to celebrate expanded rights for the LGBT community.

    They came in groups, and they came pushing baby carriages. They came wearing button-down shirts, and they came in rainbow tutus. Some wore wedding rings and stood quietly...

  • DOMA and same-sex marriage- why Israel is not next in line?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    A few months ago, I read that a group of MK's from the coalition calls for a bill to determine Israel as Jewish first, and democratic second. Now the vote is closer than ever, as newspapers in Israel are filled with opinion columns and updates, and the fear of the bill's passing is...

  • This week in power: DOMA, Pope, Immigration, Ferris Wheel

    By Danny Groner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    DOMA overturned
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Many religious organizations, including the...

  • June 27, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:13 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry resumes Israeli-Palestinian peace bid

    To Read: Aaron David Miller examines John ("the Lone Ranger") Kerry's great Middle East gamble-

    This week, the Lone Ranger is making his fifth official visit to the Middle East as U.S. secretary of state, with...

  • Gay rights response: Let us eat (wedding) cake!

    June 26, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Doors opened early this morning at the Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood where people gathered to watch the Supreme Court rule that part of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples.

    The watch party began at 6:30 a.m....

  • Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Company, public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in corporate America. Social discourse had not yet even evolved into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethos that dominated the following decades. Homosexuality was simply...

  • Time for perspective

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 26, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    The past three days have demonstrated a quality of the United States that too many of us take for granted, the magic of an independent judiciary and our respect for being a nation of laws.

    For a moment it’s worth stepping back and thinking about the issues that the Supreme Court...

  • L.A. Jewish LGBT community reacts to same-sex marriage decisions

    June 26, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Leaders of the area’s Jewish LGBT community rejoiced today after the Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional. The court also paved the way for a return of same-sex marriage to...

  • U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings set Tel Aviv behind in gay-rights race

    By Simone Wilson

    June 26, 2013 | 10:45 am

    As you best know by now, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt the LGBT community — and the civil-rights movement in general — two super-solids in a row this morning. First, our good justices struck down the hideous Defense of Marriage Act nationwide, and, five minutes later, they trashed...

  • Feeds and reads: Jewish responses to same-sex marriage decisions

    June 26, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Much of the Jewish world is celebrating today’s Supreme Court ruling on two same-sex marriage cases.

    But two Jewish groups aren’t joining the party. We devoted a separate post to the brief response of the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel. The Orthodox Union weighed in with this...

  • ADL welcomes Supreme Court decision on DOMA

    June 26, 2013 | 10:00 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor declaring Section 3 of the 1996 “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unconstitutional.  In its 5-4 decision, the Court found that same-sex couples who are legally married are...

  • Los Angeles rabbis respond to Supreme Court rulings

    June 26, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The Jewish Journal invited rabbis from throughout Los Angeles to contribute their thoughts and reactions to the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. The following is a sampling of what we have received and we will be adding more as we receive more responses.


    Rabbi Ken...

  • Charedi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America on gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The first of what will likely be many Jewish responses to the Supreme Court’s decision today, the Charedi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America was brief and to the point:

    Society’s mores may shift and crumble but eternal verities exist.  One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman.  Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court today, but that sanctity remains untouched.

  • Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings

    June 26, 2013 | 9:46 am

    A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy.

    It’s been a week of roller-coaster highs and lows at the Supreme Court for liberal Jewish groups. Their collective pledge: Stick it out.

    “These...

  • AJWS president Ruth Messinger applauds Supreme Court ruling on DOMA & Prop 8

    June 26, 2013 | 9:03 am

    American Jewish World Service President Ruth Messinger released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to marriage equality.

    “We applaud today’s historic decisions by the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory laws as a major victory...

  • Supreme Court issues two major rulings expanding gay rights

    June 26, 2013 | 8:24 am

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

    The first of two rulings Wednesday struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as a...

  • U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense Of Marriage Act in win for gays

    June 26, 2013 | 7:27 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

    The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are...

  • Thoughts on Happiness, Courage, and Rights

    By Maya Paley

    March 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Between Passover, attending NCJW’s Washington Institute, the mayoral elections in LA, Obama in Israel, ongoing fundraising and advocating for women’s and refugee rights, organizing advocacy training sessions, and the DOMA and Prop. 8 hearings in the US Supreme Court, I’m completely...

  • Is DOMA doomed? Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law

    March 27, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, presenting the possibility of a major change in a few months in gay marriage law.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, a potential swing...

  • Jewish groups ready to weigh in as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a...

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