The Halakha of Rambam as the constitution of Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • AV
    • 28.08.07 | 02:58 (IDT)

    The halakha of Rambam can serve as a viable constitution for the 21st-century State of Israel. Rambam is the last comprehensive legal authority that both Sfardim and Ashkenazim share in common. Thank God, Rambam is also a rationalist whose careful tolerant thinking is friendly to modern secular sensibilities. Example: gay rights. Rambam forbids gay *marriage*. But, halakhic marriage is a male-and-female contract where each has special responsibilities. For a male-male couple, such a contract would force one of the males to function as if female and is unsuitable. Halakha permits sex outside of marriage ("concubines" etc.). Rambam permits female-female couples. He considers sex between a woman and a married woman to be virtual adultery, and forbids this, but sex between unmarried women is fine. Likewise (as the Conservative movement correctly points out), halakha forbids male-male anal sex, but other forms of male-male sex are fine. Rambam can be modern law.

    from the article: Liberaland and Haredistan
    First published 00:00 27.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.08.07
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