Conversion therapy assumes that homosexuality is a shameful, but curable, 'illness.' That a religious Israeli government minister condones such an abhorrent practice is an affront to the Torah
Yehoshua Gurtler is a partner with Herzog, Fox & Ne'eman and an Israeli LGBTQ activist.
I am profoundly proud of what the LGBTQ community has achieved and of what we are yet to achieve. I will be marching in Jerusalem to express that pride, but also to protest that which is shameful and abhorrent.
Rabbi Hartman's critical and experimental Judaism suffused my years at his Jerusalem high school, and his mandate, 'Never let anyone take your place at the table of Judaism,' is a key to finding my place as an Orthodox gay Jew.
Rather than being outraged over Israel’s desire to shape the debate, human rights supporters should welcome the opportunity to engage Israel on the issue of LGBT rights, as a prelude to a broader debate on human rights