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Publication Date: November 2001

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Steve Greenberg

Series: CLAL on Culture Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Film; Religious Denominations; Homosexuality; Tolerance

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


In the Fall of 2001, "Trembling Before God," a documentary following the lives of gay Orthodox Jews opened to great critical acclaim. What was most surprising about the film's reception, as the author discusses, was the reaction the film received from the Orthodox Community, which used it as a vehicle to openly discuss homosexuality and the gay community in a Jewish context.