Archive for February 10th, 2010

A Talmudic Exposition: Men in Black

Homosexuality most likely existed even in the ancient rabbinic communities. The rabbis were undoubtedly familiar with Greek  and Roman culture, where homosexuality was considered a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. [1]

Although the Sages worried about their students sexually acting out,  they pragmatically suggested that if one could not control one’s sexual “appetite,” he should wear dark clothes and go to a place where nobody knows him and do whatever his heart desires, “rather than profane the name of Heaven openly.”[2]Learn More

Why is homosexuality described as an “abomination”?

I think within the Halachic world there has been a remarkable redefinition of many of the more traditional attitudes concerning the congenital homosexual. Traditionally, most biblical translations render  tôʿēbâ as “abomination.”

According to Etymology Online, the noun “abomination”  is a 14th term term that means: “feeling of disgust, hatred, loathing,” from O.Fr. abomination,which in turn derives from the  Latin word abominationem (nom. abominatio) “abomination,” from abominatus, pp. of abominari “shun as an ill omen,” from ab- “off, away from” + ...

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Where Moses differed from Aristotle . . .

Whenever examining the history of slavery in the Bible, it is always fascinating to contrast it with other views found in the ancient world. When we look specifically at the writings of Aristotle, in his Athenian Constitution and in his work on Politics, one discovers that the great Athenian philosopher believed that some people are only fit for subjugation, while others are naturally destined for dominance and rule.

Slavery, argues Aristotle, is fact of nature—regardless how  one wishes to rationalize it. ...

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