Orthodox Jews generally agree that they’re against homosexuality. But a story out of the Netherlands today shows that the country’s reputation for tolerance extends into the synagogue.
The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, Aryeh Ralbag, signed a statement in the U.S. saying that homosexuality was “not an acceptable lifestyle” and that “same-sex attraction can be modified and healed.” His was one of 180 signatures, most of them from American rabbis.
Ralbag was promptly suspended by the Dutch Orthodox community, whose board of directors released a statement that said “Homosexuals are welcome at the Amsterdam Jewish community.”
The conflict exposed a cultural divide between the rabbi, an American who visits Amsterdam a couple times a year to rule on legal matters, and the community he serves.
More from DutchNews.nl below, including this from “John” in the comment section: “This American based Rabbi seems to have so quickly forgotten who were also made scapegoats for social ills and slaughtered alongside the Jews here in Europe.”