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Trembling Before G-d

August 31, 2015

TBGMany Gays and Lesbians have turned their backs on religion because of its strictures against homosexuality, yet there are still those that want to be both Gay and religious. This film is directed by a Gay Conservative Jew, Sandi Simcha Dubowski. The film examines the beliefs of Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Jews who are struggling to bridge the gap between their way of life and the teachings of their religion

Dubowski interviewed Gays and Lesbians in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem, many coping with rejection from their families, issues of suicide and AIDS, and self-acceptance. Many are only seen in silhouette He also interviewed several rabbis and psychologists regarding their views on homosexuality in Orthodox Judaism. The film repeatedly It is unsettling to hear learned Rabbi’s telling them that they must remain celibate, submit to therapy, or pray until their urges disappear. Some of the Rabbis do not even understand what is meant by oral sex and mutual masturbation.

One of the interviewees is David from Los Angeles, a bright and articulate man in his late 30s who, following the advice of a rabbi, tried for many years to change his orientation through therapy. He talks without bitterness about the advice given to him by various rabbis to eat figs, snap a rubber band on his wrist or bite his tongue whenever he feels the temptation to have sex with another man. Now twenty years later, David confronts the Rabbi who ordered him into therapy and tells him that his advice did not work.

TBG 2Rabbie Meir Fund: …so the Jew who is gay by choice… work like mad to overcome it… a Jew who is, as we might say, wall-to-wall gay… I will hold his hand, figuratively… and do the best I can to give him strength to serve G-d.

“I’m a survivor of the Holocaust… but I’m not here tonight to talk about that. When I was a young boy, growing up in Berlin in the 1920s, I remember seeing people at gatherings, standing alone and away from the rest of the community. I asked my father who these people were. My father told me, ‘well, those people are the evil ones.’ Now, after seeing this film, I finally know who those people were, and that they weren’t ‘evil’. I think the Jewish community needs to accept gays and lesbians, because they are people just like the rest of us.”

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