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Here's a more cut and dry answer. Talmud Bavli, Chulin 92a--b: עולא אמר אלו שלשים מצות שקבלו עליהם בני נח ואין מקיימין אלא שלשה אחת שאין כותבין כתובה לזכרים ואחת שאין שוקלין בשר המת במקולין ואחת שמכבדין את התורה Said Ulla: There were thirty commandments that Noahides accepted, but they keep only three: not to write a ketuba for males; not to ...


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I have no idea if this is the rationale behind the people who are making the phone calls, but what about this: Midrash Rabbah (26:9) tells us that "The generation of the Flood was not wiped out until they wrote marriage documents for the union of a man to a male or to an animal." (here it is in English) [Note that Marcus Jastrow translates "גמומסיות" as "...


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Halachically speaking, homosexual intercourse is all that is prohibited by the Torah. This applies to Jews as well as non-Jews. However, I believe your basic assumptions are correct. Halacha is not violated by a civil contract between two men, whatever it may be (barring such monetary prohibitions as ribbis, ona'ah, etc.) The only problem I can think of is ...


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In general, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their desires are. It is mainly concerned in how we act. Nowhere does the Torah consider feelings for same-sex people to be a prohibition. But the Torah is concerned about actions and as is well known homosexual male intercourse is forbidden. The gmara in Kiddushin 40a ...


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The best example of a תועבה is someone who is haughty. About such a person Scripture states (Proverbs 16:8) תועבת ה' כל גבה לב. As R. Avraham Danzig points out in the introduction to Chayei Adam, this is the only case where the person, not just the act, is described as an abomination. וכתיב תועבת ה' כל גבה לב מה שלא מצינו כן בכל עברות שלא נאמר תועבת ה' ...


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A quick search of the Deuteronomy yields numerous examples: Products of idolatory (7:25-26) Child sacrifice (12:31) Inciting others to leave Judaism (13:14-15) Eating non-kosher animals (14:3) Offering blemished sacrifices (17:1) Worshipping idols (17:4) Necromancy and other forbidden forms of magic (18:12) Crossdressing (22:5) Offering a prostitute's ...


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In terms of actual prohibitions: 1- Male homosexual sex is prohibited to both Jew, and under the covenant G-d made with Noah, to non-Jews as well. 2- Male homosexual intimacy that is not prohibited under #1 is prohibited to Jews under the same kinds of laws that prohibit masturbation. 3- At least some forms of female homosexual sex if not all are ...


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Sanhedrin 55a בעא מיניה רב אחדבוי בר אמי מרב ששת המערה בעצמו מהו אמר ליה קבסתן אמר רב אשי מאי תיבעי לך בקושי לא משכחת לה כי משכחת לה במשמש מת למאן דאמר משמש מת בעריות פטור הכא פטור ולמאן דאמר חייב הכא מיחייב תרתי מיחייב אשוכב ומיחייב אנשכב


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All of the acts listed in chapter 18 of the book of Vayikra are called “abominations” (תועבות). Like is stated clearly in Vayikra 18:26 which says: וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֣ם אַתֶּ֗ם אֶת־חֻקֹּתַי֙ וְאֶת־מִשְׁפָּטַ֔י וְלֹ֣א תַעֲשׂ֔וּ מִכֹּ֥ל הַתּוֹעֵבֹ֖ת הָאֵ֑לֶּה הָֽאֶזְרָ֔ח וְהַגֵּ֖ר הַגָּ֥ר בְּתוֹכְכֶֽם׃ The term is not limited to homosexuality, although ...


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"Or, more specifically... given that Halacha doesn't really recognize civilian marriages between OPPOSITE SEX partners as being sufficient for kiddushin to exist, why the big interest in civil gay marriage?" This is not correct. There are two aspects to marriage - Kiddushin and Nissuin. Kiddushin is specific to Jews, but Nisuin is universal and can ...


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Absolutely not. Many other sexual unions are also capital sins, and people are biologically inclined toward them. Also, the consumption of chametz on Passover is a capital sin, and doubtless you've been biologically inclined toward it yourself: at any rate, I have.


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In this week’s Torah portion parshat Vayeira Genesis 19,5 it says about the wicked people of Sedom who got destroyed because of their sins: וַיִּקְרְא֤וּ אֶל־לוֹט֙ וַיֹּ֣אמְרוּ ל֔וֹ אַיֵּ֧ה הָאֲנָשִׁ֛ים אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֥אוּ אֵלֶ֖יךָ הַלָּ֑יְלָה הוֹצִיאֵ֣ם אֵלֵ֔ינוּ וְנֵדְעָ֖ה אֹתָֽם׃ And the men of Sedom called to Lot and they said to him: "where are the men ...


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Apparently there is a confusion in this question. When we speak with words specific to the modern language, and innocently utilize such words to translate the Torah, appear a confusion. If an adultery between a young bride and a man is heterosexual, You can change the title as "Stoning the heterosexuals" In the Greek antic civilisation, the practice of ...


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Rabbi Cardozo's starting point is the Talmud, Nedarim 51a: א"ל בר קפרא לרבי מאי (ויקרא כ, יג) תועבה כל דא"ל רבי דהכין הוא תועבה פרכה בר קפרא א"ל פרשיה את א"ל תיתי דביתכי תירמי לי נטלא אתת רמיא ליה א"ל לר' קום רקוד לי דאימר לך הכי אמר רחמנא תועבה תועה אתה בה Bar Kappara said to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi at the wedding: What is the meaning of the word to’eva,...


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Nobody really knows for sure. Just be patient, don't lose hope, and sooner or later you'll find out. Hopefully later than sooner. I admire your self control.


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It's not true that "halacha does not recognize civil marriage ... between opposite sex partners". To be more accurate, Halacha does not accept civil marriage, but it does recognize it. To wit, if a man and woman enter a civilian marriage, while they are not considered halachically married, they would need to have a get (civilian divorce) should they ...


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There is indeed a confusion between the Torah prescribing capital punishment (by stoning) for homosexual acts and the Torah view of homosexuals. Some context is required, see precise answers at the bottom. I addressed elsewhere the view of the Torah on homosexuals. In a nutshell, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their ...


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the torah is quite clear that sex between two males is a capital offense incurring stoning. it's not an exaggeration. though stoning is not like the islamic version of stoning. the talmud derives to chose a more humane version which is to be pushed off a high platform as explained in tractate sanhedrin. in the time of moshiach there will be no yetzer hara (...


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You have an obligation to go only if you think they or other attendants at the wedding will listen e.g close family who respect your opinion. You should protest (see source below) what is is being before or during the "wedding", in an informative non aggressive way by first mentioning that G-d bestowed so much good to them in form of health wealth happiness ...


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There is a machlokes between Maimonides and Nachmanides regarding whether the issur of לא תקרבו לגלות ערוה (one should not come close to violating forbidden relationships) is a Torah prohibition or just rabbinic. Both agree that it is certainly assur. This prohibition would include all forbidden relationships including HS. Furthermore, there is a ...


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As discussed with other prohibited relations, Lev. 18:6 says "don't get close to uncovering nakedness." Maimonides thus rules that acts involving other body parts are Biblically prohibited (though the theoretical punishment would be lashes, not execution).


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Mei HaShiloach interprets the passage a bit differently than the commentaries on the page, seeing תועבה as referring to its usage by forbidden foods (Devarim 14:3) rather than its usage by intimacy with another male (Vayikra 18:22 and 20:13). לא תאכל כל תועבה. זה האזהרה נאמרה קודם כל מאכלות אסורות כדאיתא בגמ' (נדרים נ"א.) תועבה תועה אתה בה, משל למלך שבנה ...


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This requires a much fuller discussion that I cannot provide at all, but I will provide some sources that seem to contribute to the discussion/learning: The Gemara in Yevamos 55b seems to imply that other sexual actions are in general not considered "Mishkevei Isha", but rather "Peritzusa Bealma". See first 2 sources here for full translation and ...


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Homosexual intercourse is one of the forbidden relationships - Arayot - that is biblically prohibited. Whilst the Rambam does not specifically target homosexuality he says that any form of sensual affection shown towards one of the Arayot (this would include another man or a woman married to someone else) is אסור and is being עובר a לאו. רמב"ם איסורי ...


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The Torah Temimah explains the difference by citing from the Talmud hat the word "ish" is used to exclude a minor and "zachar" to imply whether this is an adult or a minor.


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Why do you say adultery is not biologically predisposed? This question seems to be rooted in a misunderstanding of aveiras in general. The reason that the Torah forbids certain acts is because we have desires to commit them. If a person has a homosexual desire, it is equivalent to an heterosexual desire for someone else's wife. Both actions are forbidden and ...


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