Rabbis as Directors, Jews on the Cutting Room Floor
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Robert Rabinowitz
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Values; Rabbinic Leadership; Tolerance; Social Problems
Coverage: United States
During the CLAL Rabbinic Leadership Retreat held from March 12 -15, 2001, 31 Rabbis from across North America and Israel were gathered to watch and discuss "Trembling Before G-D," a documentary about Orthodox Gays and Lesbians. With a specific focus on religious pluralism, the Rabbis also respectfully discussed the values behind their refusals to perform intermarriages. They also spoke of the discrimination that almost any individual experiences based on race, beliefs, or sexual orientation. In his review of the discussion, the author analyzes the process of making a documentary in terms of "editing out" individuals and footage who do not fit the storyline and compares it to how people "edit out" from their lives those who don't fit their set of values.