Jewish newspaper: "Sorry for being so inclusive! It won't happen again."
October 5, 2010 7:16 AM Subscribe
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Two weeks ago, a Jewish newspaper in New Jersey, the Jewish Standard
, published a wedding announcement
for a same-sex Jewish couple. Now they're apologizing for it
and saying it won't happen again.
In an editorial, the newspaper writes:
A group of rabbis has reached out to us and conveyed the deep sensitivities within the traditional/Orthodox community to this issue. Our subsequent discussions with representatives from that community have made us aware that publication of the announcement caused pain and consternation, and we apologize for any pain we may have caused.
The Jewish Standard has always striven to draw the community together, rather than drive its many segments apart. We have decided, therefore, since this is such a divisive issue, not to run such announcements in the future.
A slew of opposing comments follow on that page.
Although the Jewish Standard claims to be
"not affiliated with any program, organization, movement, or point of view, but is dedicated to giving expression to all phases of Jewish life," it is based in Teaneck, NJ, home to a large number of Orthodox Jews. Yet, as previously discussed
on Metafilter, not all Orthodox Jews disapprove of homosexuality; there has been much discussion of it
within the Orthodox Jewish community, and a few years ago there was a documentary
about it. Most other Jewish denominations embrace LGBT people and LGBT rights, particularly Reconstructionist Judaism
; Reform Judaism is accepting