|CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?|
Much has already been written about the bill that was passed in the Kansas House last week, which – had it become law – would have permitted anyone to deny services to someone based on their sexual identity.
The Torah would go further than the Kansas House. It would permit people to be put to death for homosexual acts. But then again, the Torah permits slavery, denies any rights to women regarding marriage, and permits a defiant child to be stoned to death in the public square. Oh yes, the Torah also permits a man to have multiple wives.
I believe our Jewish tradition is clear. When we encounter the “other” (meaning people unlike ourselves), we are to embrace them, welcome them, treat them as our own. The Torah was written for a specific time and place. Today is different. A new Torah needs to be written and held sacred, a Torah of inclusion and welcome. Take a moment. Write/email/call your legislators. Let them know what you think is the matter with Kansas!