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Trembling Before God on Yom Kippur

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Publication Date: July 2009

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

Author(s): Steven Greenberg

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Text; Jewish Identification; Homosexuality; Tolerance

Type: Brief

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.