A Cup of Coffee and a Rainbow in Washington DC

Yonaton Behar,

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צילום: ערוץ 7
Yonaton Behar
Yonaton is happily married with 6 children, and 9 grandchildren, and lives in the most amazing Torah community in the world - Har Bracha.

I recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC, during the week of the Torah portion of the Spies. While in the capital, I spied-out kosher places to eat. Did you know there's only ONE kosher restaurant in DC – and it's fleishig! Oy! While in DC, in an effort to remain awake (and alive!), I sought out a place to have a cup of coffee, and the craziest thing happened to me: I crossed paths with an LGBT pride parade! Just imagine – here I was decked out in a beard, a large white knitted kippa, and tzitzit almost reaching the ground – and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a young, Jewish-looking man with short, cropped hair, two diamond stud earrings, and a painted rainbow on his forehead, comes up to me and says: "Rabbi! What are you doing here?! This is not a place for you!" I quickly responded: "And is this really a place for YOU? Tell me, what's your name, and what's your story? How did you get to such a point in your life?" He was carrying a small day-trip bag, and proudly showed me the word "Israel" boldly emblazoned on it, seemingly from a trip he had taken to Israel. He looked down at the ground, and a bit sheepishly said to me: "Rabbi, my name is 'A' Cohen (first name withheld). I live in the Washington DC area, and this is my story: I was just a regular Jewish kid on a Birthright trip to Israel when I met a beautiful, young Israeli homosexual man and fell in love with him. Since then, I've been a happy homosexual. All the same, I love the State of Israel, and when I finish my studies here in Washington, I plan on making Aliyah as quickly as possible!" A bit stunned and blown away, I nevertheless looked into his kind and compassionate blue eyes and blessed him, saying that I hoped, in fact, he would make Aliyah, and that, God willing, the spiritual power of the Land of Israel would return him to the proper path. We parted ways: 'A' went off into the sea of rainbows, and I went off to find what I thought I had been searching for – a cup of coffee. What a wonderful world we live in! 

"It is only a person rich in love for people and love for each individual person who can reach the love for his own nation in its noblest dimension, spiritually and practically." Rabbi Kook