In the context of one of our Fundamentals classes last summer, we discussed how an Orthodox congregation should relate to individuals in the community who are openly gay. I thought that we had a very positive exchange that probably would not have taken place in the context of a synagogue a decade ago! Many of us also know, and likely even have family, who are very committed Jews struggling with the tension between classical Jewish belief and practice and their sexual identities. A few short hours ago, David Benkof's article "Orthodox, celibate, gay and that's ok" was published in the Times of Israel. Speaking from experience and with a thorough knowledge of both Torah sources and modern Jewish responses, Benkof's thought-provoking article is a must read for the modern Jew. I look forward to your reflections on the piece; you can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  You can access the article by clicking on