‘There’s Nothing Religious People Fear More Than Gay Men’

Widely respected saxophonist Daniel Zamir is a man of many contradictions: He’s an openly bisexual Orthodox Jew who is forthright about his relations with men, yet he rejects the LGBTQ community and is a member of the religious Zionist movement. 'I’m not willing to be considered less than any other Jew'

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Musician Daniel Zamir. 'I don’t want to change communities.'
Musician Daniel Zamir. 'I don’t want to change communities.'Credit: Emil Salman
Itay Stern
Itay Stern
Itay Stern
Itay Stern

Ten minutes into our phone conversation, Daniel Zamir breaks down. In a shattered voice, he recounts how on the same morning we met two weeks earlier for a sit-down interview, he was invited to lead the prayers at the Shtiblach synagogue in Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhood, where he is a regular. However, in the middle of the prayer, a member of the minyan (prayer quorum) approached him and demanded that he step down from the prayer stand.

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