Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Surprise Surprise

As expecte, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards just approved three contradictory responsa on homosexuality. The best summary I've seen comes from Andrew Sullivan (of all people):
Conservative Judaism will now allow congregations, seminaries and synagogues to have gay rabbis - or not.

Seriously, though, I think everyone involved knows where the movement is headed on this issue. It's just a question of how much time Chancelor Eisen decides that decorum requires before the new policy is implemented.

(FYI, in addition to the three rabbis mentioned in the JTA article, Rabbi Joel Roth has apparently resigned. He will be missed, but it's time for the movement to move on.)


Meredith said...

FYI, I've already had one conversation on the topic w/ someone who referenced your revised 7B.

And no, it wasn't your husband.

Meredith said...

it's time for the movement to move on

Has Roth also resigned from JTS and CY, or only CJLS?

Lawrence said...

Elf: Eisen announced some time ago that he would leave this decision to the assembled faculty, even though he does technically have the right to decide on his own.

Meredith: Rabbi Roth has not resigned from the CY or JTS. He looked surprisingly cheerful in the cafeteria today.

Meredith said...

Lawrence: Thanks. Did Eisen say whether or not the decision would be made by the Rabbinic faculty, or the faculty at large?

Lawrence said...

I don't know if he mentioned that or not. Presumably we'll find out soon.