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Homophobia in Judaism

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According to the Jewish Torah, homosexual men are to be killed and male homosexuality is likened to child sacrifice and bestiality.  The Talmud further likens male homosexuality to bestiality and claims that Jews in general are suspected of neither (this is repeated in the Sulchan Aruch).   As for Lesbianism, the Talmud states that women who have sex with other women are not fit to marry a priest and some Rabbis do not allow their daughters to sleep together to avoid such a situation.  There is little doubt that today’s calls to have homosexuals killed or the all to often likening of homosexuality to bestiality  comes from the influence of Jewish scripture.

 

From the Torah

Kill Homosexual Men
“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” - Leviticus 20:13, NIV 

Homosexuality Is Detestable
“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable” - Leviticus 18:22, NIV

Homosexual Men Are Likened To Child Sacrifice & Bestiality
“And you shall not any of your seed pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord. You shall not lie with men, as with women; it is abomination. Neither shall you lie with any beast to defile yourself with it; nor shall any women stand before a beast to lie down to it; it is perversion.” - Leviticus 18:21-23, NIV

Male Prostitutes Are Referred To As “Dogs” (Kelev in Hebrew)
“You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute (“dog” in original Hebrew) into the house of the Lord your God to pay any vow, because the Lord your God detests them both.” - Deuteronomy 23:18, NIV 

“Thou shalt not bring the hire of a zonah, or the price of a kelev (male prostitute), into the Bais Hashem Eloheicha for any neder; for even both of these are to’avat Hashem Eloheicha.” - Deuteronomy 23:18, Jewish Orthodox Bible

 

From the Talmud

Homosexuality And Bestiality Linked… Jews Are Not Suspected Of Such Behavior “Mishna:… Rabbi Judah said: An unmarried man must not tend cattle, nor may two unmarried men sleep together under the same cover. But the Sages permitted it. Gemara: What is the reason? …Said they to R. Judah, Israel are not suspected of either pederasty or bestiality.” – Babylonian Talmud, Kuddushin 82a

Homosexual Men & Bestiality Mentioned In The Same Mishna,
Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death, So Should Raped Animals
“MISHNAH. HE WHO COMMITS SODOMY WITH A MALE OR A BEAST, AND A WOMAN THAT COMMITS BESTIALITY ARE STONED. IF THE MAN HAS SINNED, WHEREIN HAS THE ANIMAL OFFENDED? BUT BECAUSE MAN WAS ENTICED TO SIN THEREBY,28  SCRIPTURE ORDERED THAT IT SHOULD BE STONED. ANOTHER REASON IS THAT THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOT PASS THROUGH THE STREETS, WHILST PEOPLE SAY, THIS IS THE ANIMAL ON ACCOUNT OF WHICH SO AND SO WAS STONED.” – 1962 Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 54a

Lesbianism Are Lewd And Disqualified From Marrying A Priest
“R. Huna said: Women who practise lewdness with one another are disqualified from marrying a priest.” – 1962 Soncino Baylonian Talmud, Yabamoth 76a

Rabbi Does Not Allow His Daughters To Sleep In The Same Bed To Avoid Lesbianism
“He did not permit them to sleep together’. Shall we say that this supports R. Huna? For R. Huna said: Women that commit lewdness with one another are unfit for the priesthood. [30]- 1962 Babylonian Talmud, Shabbath 65a

FOOTNOTE 30:  Sc. to marry a High Priest, who must marry none but a virgin (Lev. XXI, 13), for their lewdness destroys their virginity. Though there were no High Priests in his days, he nevertheless objected to this on grounds of decency, and therefore may have taken steps to prevent it. — V. Weiss, Dor, II, 23.

 

From the Sulchan Aruch

Homosexuality And Bestiality Are Linked… Jews Are Suspected Of Neither

לא נחשדו ישראל על משכב זכר ועל הבהמה לפיכך אין איסור להתייחד עמהן, ואם נתרחק אפילו מיחוד זכר ובהמה, הרי זה משובח. וגדולי החכמים היו מרחיקין הבהמה, כדי שלא יתייחדו עמה. ובדורות הללו שרבו הפריצים, יש להתרחק מלהתייחד עם הזכר.

“[Men of] Israel are not suspected of lying with men or with animals. Therefore, there is no prohibition of being alone with them. If one avoids being alone with another man or with an animal it is praiseworthy. The great sages would avoid being alone with animals. In these generations, now that there are many profligates, one aught avoid being alone with a man. [Translation by Rabbi Steven Greenberg]” –  SHULCHAN ARUCH, EVEN HAEZER 24:1

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