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Grandson of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to marry boyfriend
By Amichai Atali for Ynetnews
Ovadia Cohen, grandson of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief rabbi, Shas Party spiritual leader and foremost Sephardic Halachic authority in recent times, will marry his partner at a ceremony led by a religious gay woman.
An unusual wedding is set to take place this coming week as Ovadia Cohen, named for his grandfather former Chief Rabbi of Israel, spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the most influential Sephardic rabbi in his generation, Ovadia Yosef, will tie the knot with his boyfriend Amichai Landsman.
My Orthodox Rabbi Father Taught Me To Love LGBT People
Adrianna Chaviva Freedman for The Forward
Growing up as a religious girl, I always pictured myself having a husband, enough kids to fit a minivan, and living in a comfortable home. I dreamed of having a wedding where I see my future husband meeting me halfway down the aisle and then finish the walk to get married under the chuppah.
I’m A Gay Jew Of Color Who Supports Israel. The Left Hates Me
Hen Mazzig for The Forward
I'm a gay Mizrahi Jew who supports Israel. And the left hates me.
It’s ironic. I am the embodiment of intersectionality. I’m the son of an Iraqi mother and North African Berber-Amazigh father. I grew up in an underprivileged community, a gay boy in the closet who then became an openly gay man. I identify as Jewish but secular.
Shavuot and LGBTQ Rights
From Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Shavuot begins after sundown on May 19
At the moment where all the Israelites are gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai:
All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking. (Exodus 20:15)
“All the people” were there. The entire community. This is also interpreted in the Rabbinic tradition to mean that all people from generations past, present, and future were present. People of all ages and societal status. People of all genders and gender identities and sexual orientations. Therefore, all those who shared in this sacred covenant between God and the Jewish people also have a place in the Jewish community of today.
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A Space for LGBTQ Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews
By Simone Somekh for Jewcy
“We’re a minority within the minority within the minority.”
On a Friday evening of February last year, Ruben Shimonov was waiting in his friend’s apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Everything was ready for the traditional Shabbat dinner to begin: The table was set, the food ready to be served. Now, it was time for the guests to come in.
What he had prepared was not an ordinary Shabbat dinner. Through a secret Facebook group, he and his friend Ramiz Rafailov had organized their first-ever Shabbat gathering for queer Jewish 20s and 30s with Sephardic and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) backgrounds in New York.