A Shocking Speech in Philadelphia

The Torah does not condemn the persons, but it unequivocally condemns homosexual acts, calling them an abomination. Israel's welcome to ssa proponents caused this writer much anguish.

Myles Kantor

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Arutz 7

Ed. Note: The Jonah organization, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, will be holding a workshop in Israel soon, on dealing with ssa. Check their website.

Why is the Israeli government inviting abomination into the holiest land on earth?

Recently, Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren addressed a homosexual event in Philadelphia called The Equality Forum.

"We want a two-state solution with Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people, living side-by-side with the nation state of the Palestinian people," he told his audience.  Some agreed and some did not, but he was expressing his Prime Minister's stated policy.

Specific to homosexual themes, Oren proclaimed:

"...I, as ambassador, held the first-ever Israel LGBT event in the nation’s capital...We are proud that a transgender singer...represented our country in the prestigious Eurovision contest...We are proud that this year Tel Aviv was named the world’s most gay-friendly city. We are proud that each year delegations from San Francisco, London, Montreal, and Berlin travel to Israel to celebrate their pride with us...So come and join us in Israel on June 8th, just over one month from now, and take part in the next Gay Pride Parade. In our homeland, you may never feel more at home." (Oren’s speech can be read at http://washington.mfa.gov.il/index.php/en/latest-news/656-remarks-by-ambassador-michael-oren-to-the-equality-forum-on-lgbt-rights.)

"We," Ambassador Oren? Speak for yourself.

Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch zt"l notes in his perush to Tehillim 19:11, "The teachings and Laws of God given us at Mount Sinai, and their recognition and observance, are the only values that are truly desirable." Correspondingly, Rav Hirsch writes in Horeb regarding Chilul HaShem that "Israel is the bearer of the Most Holy and that the Divine Name is profaned whenever or wherever in Israel the Most Holy is not held sacred or is not respected as the Most High to which everything must be subordinated..."

Oren's statements are a clear falsification of those holy values.

But being a prominent official in a self-described Jewish State multiplies the Chilul HaShem, with the general public construing Oren’s advocacy as an authentic expression of Jewish values.

Inverting Israel's duty to be an Or L'Goyim, a Light Unto the Nations, Oren has encouraged defiance of the Almighty and attached Israel's name to a grievous sin.

In the latter regard,  Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet of the Yeshiva University Gruss Kollel in Yerushalayim recently stated vis-à-vis Barack Obama's declaration of support for homosexual marriage:

"This is planting the seeds for the destruction of humanity in my humble opinion. Toeva, abomination...Look up the midrashim. Look up the Gemara in Sanhedrin. Look up why there was a Mabul, why the world was destroyed. It’s very frightening…What is religion all about? Are we Jews or aren't we Jews?" (See 8:35 at http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/776105/Rabbi_Aaron_Rakeffet-Rothkoff/2012-5-21_JH_28_A_Charge_to_the_Young_Rabbis_of_2013.)

In an overview of homosexuality in halakha, Rabbi Eli Mansour likewise brings down the following remarks by revered Torah sage, the late Rav Moshe Feinstein:

"...Rav Moshe observes, the Torah uses the word ‘To’eba’ - (abomination,ed.)twice in reference to the act of Mishkav Zachur (homosexuality). This repetition does not appear in the context of any other of the Arayot (sexual offenses), clearly indicating that this act is deemed more severe and repulsive than other illicit relationships. Additionally, in the Book of Devarim (32:16), the Torah foresees the time at the end of days when people will anger God 'with abominations' ('Be’to’ebot Yach’isuhu'), and Rashi explains this as a reference to Mishkav Zachur. Here, too, we see that this transgression is viewed as the lowest and most shameful form of immorality." (http://www.dailyhalacha.com/displayRead.asp?readID=495)

On the national ramifications of such sin, Rabbi Lazer Brody noted in 2010 after the homosexual pride parade in Yerushalayim: "The Land of Israel belongs to Hashem, not to anyone else; we are entitled to be here by virtue of the Torah and its commandments. Any public display of Torah violations is national suicide. We would oppose a pork and shrimp festival the same way..." (http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2010/08/bloody-hands.html)

Advancing national suicide is not new for Michael Oren, who helped perpetrate the destruction of Gush Katif in 2005. He recounted of that self-destructive atrocity, "At one point, we had to break into a synagogue and carry off worshipers physically onto buses."

And as evidence of the Chilul HaShem, the neo-Nazi regime in Iran stated after the abandonment of those synagogues, "The willingness of the Zionists to leave behind their synagogues in Gaza demonstrates conclusively that they have no God, and therefore, of course, no religious connection to the Holy Land..."

It is inexcusable that the man who holds what might be Israel's most prestigious diplomatic post speaks in this fashon. Oren promotes Israel positively and with courage in many ways, but here he promotes its defilement.