The document is meant to provide guidance on relationships and families of members of the religious LGBTQ+ community which has been severely lacking from religious literature, explained Lau.
By TZVI JOFFRE
October 11, 2020
“Only on one thing, is it said in the Torah, [is that it’s] ‘not good’: ‘It is not good for man to be alone.’ (Bereshit 2:18)” wrote Rabbi Benny Lau in a post introducing a new document he has authored on advice and guidance for religious LGBTQ+ Jews.
The document is intended to provide guidance on relationships for families of members of the religious LGBTQ+ community which has been severely lacking from religious literature, explained Lau.
Lau wrote the document with guidance from additional rabbis and members of the LGBTQ+ community. He stressed that this is not a “book of Jewish Law” that needs to be taken as if written in stone, but it is a collection of recommendations that do not permit prohibitions or prohibit things that are permitted.
“It seeks to pave a possible way of life within the reality of life. It is an encounter between the world of ideas and the world of reality, between the eye that rises to the sky and the encounter with the person who lives in my environment,” wrote Lau.
“Our religious world is always built of these two levels: the ideal Torah level and the reality of the world as it is.”