Trembling Before God on Yom Kippur
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): Steven Greenberg
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Text; Jewish Identification; Homosexuality; Tolerance
Coverage: United States
The author, an openly gay Orthodox Rabbi, discusses the rush of emotions that he feels when hearing on Yom Kippur the portion of Leviticus which denounces and lists the sexual prohibitions. He describes his journey from silently crying as the portion was read, to one day going up to the Torah and valiantly reading the portion himself in front of the congregation.