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A Jewish Perspective on Can Same-Sex Attraction Be Cured?

Can homosexuals transform their sexuality?
In his new book, Arthur Goldberg tells how the underlying causes of SSA can be treated and healed.
By Baruch Gordon
First Publish: 10/23/2008, 12:06 PM / Last Update: 10/25/2008, 11:34 PM

In his groundbreaking new book, Arthur Goldberg, Co-founder of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality) answers a thundering ‘yes’ to this hotly-debated question.


The book' cover

The book, entitled “Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change,” tells how same-sex attraction (SSA) can be prevented and how its underlying causes can be treated and healed.

Hailed as a major achievement by rabbinical scholars, spiritual leaders and luminaries of the mental health professions, Goldberg’s Light in the Closet not only offers a comprehensive survey of homosexuality, its causes, manifestations, and politics, but also shows how its strict prohibition by Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 is actually keyed to a powerful, Torah-mandated program of psychological and spiritual healing whose effectiveness is now being independently recognized by therapists.

Click above for interview with Arthur Goldberg on Israel National Radio's Yishai Fleisher show

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, one of the leading pioneers in gender-affirmative therapy and a former William James Lecturer in Psychology and Religion at Harvard University, pronounced Goldberg’s book “among the best--maybe the best--ever written on the subject, not just of homosexuality but of the capacity for human change of heart.”

Rabbi Michel Twerski, the revered spiritual leader of Milwaukee’s Beth Jehuda has called it “so important that it belongs on the desk and in the hands of every rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva, therapist, social worker, school principal, parent and most critically every SSA sufferer aspiring to make himself whole.” A long list of prominent therapists and spiritual leaders endorse the book on the back-cover.

Arthur Goldberg is known to Jews around the world as Co-Founder and Director of JONAH, a non-profit international organization dedicated to educating the Jewish community about the prevention and healing of the underlying issues causing same-sex attractions. The product of several years of intensive research and writing, Goldberg’s opus offers hope, compassion, direction and vitally-needed information to gay strugglers, their families, friends, and surrounding community.

Goldberg will be delivering a short lecture about his book at a book-signing at Aaron Mile Chai Books in Denver Colorado on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

The book can be purchased through local bookstores or via the publisher, Red Heifer Press.