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Posted July 8, 2009
A Book Designed to Speak to the Scholar and to the Layperson
Rabbi Greenberg takes the challenge straight on which I thought was impossible: harmonizing Orthodox Judaism (a religion which I stereotyped as being stridently rigid) with the issue of homosexuality. While reading the book you are, of course, aware that you are reading a scholarly work, and it should be read in such a light. At the same time, however, you can hear the author's voice telling his own personal story along the way. No sentence is purely academic; the entire work is emotionally charged. Let not the observation of its being emotionally charged deceive you, however. Greenberg's presentation is theological, and his anecdotes are parts of arguments. The book functions well as an intellectual endeavor, but it functions equally well as a beacon of hope, not only for people of the Abrahamic faiths, but also for the Gay Orthodox community for whom these issues are not just academic, but are a part of their existence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.