Orthodox Newspaper Promotes Homosexuality

Well, no, not really. But that’s what their enemies are claiming.

And had you told Jewdar that he would be writing a defense of the Jewish Press, we would have said you were quite mad. The JP, for those not in the know, has historically been a mostly retrograde black hat Orthodox paper, replete with all the insularity and intolerance that one might expect from such a source (with some exceptions). But strange things are happening at the Jewishpress.com. A week ago they ran a fairly poignant op-ed by a gay orthodox Jew. As one might expect, this drew a certain amount of criticism, but here’s where it gets really crazy–rather than begging forgiveness, Jewishpress.com came out swinging. We have no idea where this will all lead (and we hope the website’s leadership still has jobs), but for now, we have nothing but respect for the crew at JP, and look forward to seeing what comes next.

What do you think?

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The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

2 Responses

  1. Morris

    The Jewish Press was never “black hat Orthodox.” It was, and is, a centrist Orthodox, religious Zionist paper. The hard core black hat/yeshiva community has always felt The Jewish Press is too “modern,” publishing photos of women, championing agunot, reporting on abuse issues in the community, etc.

  2. Jeff

    I don’t think they know what “gay” means. I think they think it means “freilich”.

    That said, they did delete one of my comments.


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