FLUSHING, NY, November 16, 2009--Prominent rabbis in the New York City area backed measures to distance the Orthodox Jewish communities from public officials and candidates who support same-sex marriage, a recent survey found.A broad consensus of Rabbis surveyed acknowledged the need to correct the mistaken impression that Orthodox Jews were willing to turn a blind eye to the enactment of public laws that directly contradict the Torah, like same-sex marriage.
Marriage, as a man and woman united to be the father and mother to the next generation of children, is the fundamental building block of society.The New York State Senate is currently considering a law to change the definition of marriage, a matter that is regarded by Orthodox Jews as a grave concern.
The survey was conducted by Zeh Journal, an Orthodox-Jewish owned publication that tracks political and cultural issues from the Torah perspective.
“Some of the most respected rabbis feel that our communities were smeared by the appearance that they were willing to accept same-sex marriage,” said Dovid Z. Schwartz, editor of Zeh Journal. “It’s broadly acknowledged that steps should be taken to distance the mainstream observant communities from the actions of politicians who support same-sex marriage.”
The Torah that the Almighty Gd gave to the Jewish people through Moses contains the tradition of interpretation of the Seven Laws of Noah, a universal legal, moral and spiritual code binding on all mankind that represents the bedrock of civilization.All human societies are required, according to the will of the Almighty Gd as taught by Moses, to refrain from 1) murder, 2) theft, 3) sexual immorality, including homosexuality, rape and incest; 4) to refrain certain types of cruelty to animals, 5) not to worship idols, 6) not to curse the Name of Gd; and 7) have a positive obligation to establish the rule of law through courts of justice.
Zeh is a journal of culture for people concerned with ethics, morality and religion.The publication is available online at www.zehjournal.com.