KEW GARDENS HILLS, December 11, 2007: Torah-observant Jews are rallying in Queens as government officials plan to visit the Rabbinical Seminary of America (“Chofetz Chaim” Yeshiva), at 76-01 147th Street, Flushing, on the last night of Chanukah, December 11, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., in the wake of recent legislation which Torah Jews say threatens the very fabric of civilization.
The event is officially billed as the Annual Legislative Reception, sponsored by the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, a local organization not affiliated with the Yeshiva.Hon. Malcolm A. Smith, Minority Leader in the New York State Senate, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman, Council James F. Gennaro and Commission Board 8 Manager, Marie Adam-Ovide will be met by Torah Jews gathered to pressure them to amend the New York State constitution to define "marriage" as the union of a man and a woman.
The New York State Assembly, at the direction of Governor Eliot Spitzer and Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver, passed a bill this summer that would grant the privilege of state-sanctioned marriage rights to a new, alternative status of a homosexual relationship as a valid form of marriage.
In response to the passage of the Assembly same-sex marriage bill, Torah Jews launched a grass-roots campaign in July 2007.State Senators were bombarded by letters and telephone calls from Torah-observant Jews.
Torah Jews view the same-sex marriage bill is not only as an attack on Torah values, but also a breach of the Seven Laws of the sons of Noach (“Sheva Mitzvos”), the universal moral code composing the bedrock of all civilization and the standard by which the Almighty judges gentile nations. Torah Jews are taking a stand on the issue of the same-sex marriage bill because gentiles who violate the sheva mitzvos not only put themselves in danger, but they also endanger lives of the Jews who live in their communities.
In addition, any law that grants the privilege of state-sanctioned marriage rights to other alternative lifestyles would encourage relationships that detract from the stability of the society and throw into disarray inheritance law, divorce law and insurance coverage among other things.
The Chanukah festival commemorates the victory of a small band of loyalists, who were kohanim, descendants of Aharon the Kohen, in turning the tide of assimilation that had swept through the Jewish nation at the time of the Greek occupation.The founder of the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva, Rabbi Dovid Leibowitz, as well as his son who now runs the Yeshiva, Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz, are kohanim who can trace their lineage directly back to Aharon the Kohen.The Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva took no part in the sponsoring or planning of this event, nor in this press release.
Source:Dovid Z. Schwartz, (917) 680-6632, firstname.lastname@example.org.