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Gay Rabbi Comes Out of His Orthodox Closet

Orthodox Jews practice a strict
interpretation of the Torah laws, which they believe are
eternal and unalterable. Leviticus 18:22 is the verse
in the Torah that, according to common interpretations,
prohibits male homosexual intercourse. Ron Yosef is a rabbi in an Orthodox
community in the Israeli city of Netanya. In August 2009, Rabbi Ron came out
in the open about being a homosexual. There are people in the community
that took it very hard, and turned to other rabbis to check
if I can continue in my position. Some showed support, understanding
and encouraged me, especially the younger generation. The circle of conversation expanded,
and it can’t be ignored anymore. Nearly a quarter of Israel’s Jewish
population practice Orthodox Judaism. Around the world there are hundreds
of thousands more Orthodox Jews. In this very conservative society,
one Leviticus verse was enough to make
homosexuality a social taboo. It is true that the Jewish Torah
forbids homosexual intercourse. For a religious gay man,
sex life is always grey. And … as long as there is no
verdict on these issues by today’s religious scholars,
and there isn’t even any dealing with the issue, how can I
give anybody any answers? Unlike others who stay in
the closet, Rabbi Ron has placed his personal life in the public spotlight.
He has taken the topic of religious gays out of the closet by
exposing the inner conflict he is living through
as an Orthodox homosexual. It is very hard to live without a sex life. But a religious heterosexual also
has restraints and is not allowed to do whatever he wants because
The Holy One has created a certain path and is leading humanity
in a certain way. That is the main part
of being a man of faith. If you believe that this world
has a creator that is directing everything, and he has provided
clear instructions, so one must “stick to the manual,”
even if it makes life difficult. In 2008, when he was still
in the closet, Rabbi Ron created Israel’s first organization for
Orthodox homosexuals, called HOD. The goals of the organization HOD
is to create a public discourse about homosexuality, and also provide
support and help for religious gays from all streams of Judaism.
I’m sorry to say I still meet people who say there no homosexuals
in the religious community. Today, HOD holds open meetings
all around Israel, and supports religious individuals
who are in the coming-out process. But most of the rabbis’ volunteer
work in HOD is dedicated to getting recognition to a new
Principles Document that accepts the existence of Jewish
religious homosexuals. The Principles Document is
suppose to bring a social and religious solution for
Orthodox homosexuals. We’re trying to find a way for gays
to be accepted in a Orthodox world that follows Jewish law without
attempting to change what is forbidden. We are trying to teach
and explain in the religious world
and directly to the rabbis. I hope and believe that this
Principles Document will eventually be accepted by the
leading Orthodox rabbis. Undercover as an energetic society
changer, Rabbi Ron is also an individual. I asked him if he would
like to get married one day. The need that I feel is for love, because living in solitude is
not correct and not good. It is written in The Book,
“it is not good for man to be alone.” Up until today there was zero
recognition of religious homosexuals. First the Orthodox society must
accept the existence of gays. Once there is acceptance
and understanding, then we can start discussing how to relate
to homosexual relations. After coming out of the closet,
Ron Yosef continued to serve as a community rabbi in Natanya,
but his Principles Document has, so far, been approved by only a few
of the leading rabbis in Israel. He believes that in the
future homosexuals will be a normal part of the
religious Jewish society. As long as it is not hurting the path
which the creator of the world paved then I don’t see a problem.
Again, there are many questions here and … the religious public and the rabbis will have to provide
the answers very soon.

Otis Rodgers



  1. Daniel Berlin Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    @xXMissFoxyXx Yet you're arguing with me for saying that the bible is fiction, a fiction created to keep a certain community together, an invention as a defence against the prevailing culture of the times. This is standard atheist, historical, archaeological FACT. Did you not know? Surely not. You know everything right? Keep masturbating, those law books are gathering dust.

  2. EnigmaticMustard Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    @DanielBerlinTV Haha, dude you've lost. You resorted to bitchy (slightly perverse) ad hominem attacks. You based your whole crazy tirade against me based on some imagined idea of my religious leanings (that you totally got wrong). This young man is just trying to live his life as a gay Jew. Good luck to him and good luck to all the gay Catholics, Hindus and Shintoists.
    Now please GO A WAY

  3. Daniel Berlin Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    @xXMissFoxyXx What planet are you from?! You need to get yourself sectioned. I made no assertion about your religious affiliations. I don't give a flying fuck what you believe. My point is that this poor guy is torturing himself over a fictional history – that's tragic in the extreme. That has nothing to do with your circular BS. And it's not ad hominem in your case, it is merely stating fact based on your ridiculous attempt to save face! Please ebay yourself a brain. Thank you.

  4. Daniel Berlin Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    @DanielBerlinTV What's perverse about masturbation? It's a perfectly normal and healthy practice – probably the only practice of yours that can be considered so 🙂

  5. EnigmaticMustard Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    @DanielBerlinTV "Wait, so if the bible isn't fiction, why are you an atheist?'" That's a pretty clear assertion of what you think I think, and if you don't care what I think, kindly go away.
    What are you even arging with me about? I've barely stated my positions on anything about religion, philosophy, ethics, and yet you're arguing with me like a wrote a thesis on religion being awesome. You're the one trying to save face here, and you'll prove that by replying with more antagonistic BS.

  6. Daniel Berlin Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    @xXMissFoxyXx Hello! Earth to xXMissFoxyXx! You started arguing with me after I said it was tragic someone should go thru this trauma simply because he was brainwashed by a bible that is a fiction. I even gave a reason for why the ficiton was invented.You then waltzed in and went off on one at me – contradicting yourself as you went along. Is it any wonder I think you're bat shit crazy?

  7. EnigmaticMustard Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Um no, you started all this with some crazy stuff about Judaism being some kind of cospiracy(?) that meant it would out last other religions(?) And that Orthadox districts of Israel aren't conservative(?) To be honest I didn't really understand what the crap you were saying, so I asked you 'what in the name of arse are you talking about?'.

  8. Harry Marshall Posted on April 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Homosexuality is not a choice. Believing in the flawed stories and principles written thousands of years ago, is. I am gay and there is no way I will entertain any religion that won't accept me. I don't see why this guy should either. Just let it go and get on with your life.

  9. RonaldBarone Posted on June 1, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I think if every single man in this world would be well fucked once in life and have the balls to admit it, I am sure it would lower drastically the homophobia in the world

  10. Menachem_Shaul Posted on June 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    According to Torah, he should be stoned, according to Torat ha mashiach Yeshua, he will suffer eternal damnation if he does not repent!

  11. Menachem_Shaul Posted on June 13, 2011 at 6:01 am

    @thetruthisoutnow You sick perverted degenerate! The LORD Jesus Christ was not a sexual mmoral while He was on this earth! He spoke out against sexual immorality in all forms (gay, straight, or otherwise). In fact you will see some prettiy damning evidence of this in Revelation 21 where he states that the sexually Immoral people will be cast into Hell!

  12. Menachem_Shaul Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    @thetruthisoutnow BTW, just because you say hell does not exist doesn't make you right. I refuse to carry on with immature people like yourself!

  13. DCFunBud Posted on June 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

    There is no truth greater than self truth — that one must determine for oneself. The courage to believe in oneself is the difference between liberation and torment.

  14. DouglasUrantia Posted on June 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    oh my God….he sat down with a glass of water…he's a human being……

  15. TheVJMovement Posted on August 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

    @VegetarianDatabase Hi, There actually is a translation. Just click on the CC button in the player and you have the whole report subtitled in English or Spanish.

  16. CarlosDePolaris Posted on August 26, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Me encanto el rabbino…I love this rabbi…I love you Ron Yosef ….=)

  17. jew3hitler Posted on October 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    jewish freaks ha ha ha

  18. korel kal Posted on December 8, 2011 at 3:22 am

    he cam aslo fuck me:))

  19. TJ Stone Posted on February 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you and bless you.

  20. carlos merced Posted on March 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

    me encantaria chupartela toda papi…..

  21. Netanel Moshel Posted on May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    There IS a halachic book written by Rabbi Chaim Rappaport called
    Judaism and Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox View

  22. 612gideon Posted on May 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Thank You..for sharing

  23. baldassare01 Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:36 am

    good question. how can you be a practicing heterosexual and a teacher at the same time? and why does that make sense?

  24. baldassare01 Posted on May 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    first, can you please clarify what you mean by "a practicing gay". or perhaps compare and contrast that with "a practicing non-gay".

  25. baldassare01 Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    how about this: a man who accepts himself for the person he is with love and gratefulness so that he expresses his thanks to God by being good to himself and to others, serving his community, and being faithful to the MAN whom he loves in a wonderful monogamous relationship, by devotion to the study of the holy literature, by being an encouragement and a good example to others. how about this model? can this pass as "a practicing gay"?

  26. Tito King Posted on June 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The end of world

  27. gaynomadic Posted on June 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    What a brave man, and handsome too. I hope he is successful, though I feel a better route would be abandoning orthodoxy altogether and pursuing his own life, in which he can still believe in and follow what he thinks are his God's precepts. Why try to make an orthodox religion unorthodox? It is what it is, ancient, ignorant, and inhumane to gay people. So I suggest just leave it to its own idiocy and go and live a much happier, less restrictive life outside orthodoxy.

  28. Ordinary Mevaker Edwin Posted on July 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Welcome to the world of pirates and lawlessness.

  29. gaynomadic Posted on August 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Yes I am sure you are correct. I did not really mean to defend Christianity, I think all religions are ignorant and people who believe them need to grow up, think for themselves and completely let go of the brainwashed notion that there is some huge father figure protecting us and watching what we do. What rubbish.

  30. Abd ul aziz Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

    salam aleikom fellow believers of Allah come to islam accaept THAT prophet you know what his name is . salam aleikom

  31. George Gallows Posted on August 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    i am not gay yes i am male and every day i wish the ladies will rule the world.
    men are going to hell forever trust me.

  32. dgdhqgdyukqud Posted on September 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Hey Sexy Amen! :DD


  33. teendude16 Posted on January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    "Your an idiot", said judge judy.

  34. ja-mie livingwater Posted on January 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I have one question to ask any Jewish Rabbi! Since the Ark of covenant is gone forever, and there is no more holy of holy's, If Jesus Christ is not the Lamb Of God, Messiah, perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world! Then who, or what is attoning for the sins of the Jews today! I have not see anything in the Torah that releases the Jews from this yearly obligation? And I do not hear of any Orthadox Jews or any Jews sacrificing sheeps, bulls, and goats today!

  35. zenaida pacheco martinez Posted on February 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm


  36. zenaida pacheco martinez Posted on February 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm


  37. Kelley Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I wonder how it must feel like to tell HaShem that He needs to change His mind about a lifestyle He calls an abomination?

  38. JesusWaytoHeaven17 Posted on March 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I couldn't have said this better. It's sin and do not even begin it! And come to Jesus your Messiah.

  39. Brandy Mundy Posted on March 16, 2013 at 2:11 am

    No it doesn't. It just says that the Jews in that area don't take their God as seriously as they should.

  40. MrJamesBecca Posted on April 13, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Somehow jewish scripture just sounds different than when a christian reads it.

  41. MrJamesBecca Posted on April 13, 2013 at 2:35 am

    All religions? not quite. There is the pagan religions, some of which were perfectly find with homosexuality, pork, idols and probably a lot more….

  42. MrJamesBecca Posted on April 13, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Interjecting christian theology? dont christians have a problem with someone not being a christian more than anything else?

  43. JesusWaytoHeaven17 Posted on April 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Your own conscience should tell you it's a sin. Should you venture into this sin.

  44. Hugh Drummond Posted on May 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hey, dogface. Go comb your tail. Did you choose to like the opposite sex or did it just seem natural? Well, it seems just natural for some of us to like our own kind.

  45. JesusWaytoHeaven17 Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    You are not at all funny. Really you are not.

  46. Hugh Drummond Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:46 am

    dogcomb47: I don't give a good r-f what you think about my sense of humor or my sexual orientation. I didn't choose it, it came to me at birth and naturally like yours. If I had to marry you and sleep with you every night for the rest of my life, I would choose to not do it. Your lady parts disgust me. Oh, and your username of "dogcomb47" kind of describes your attributes very well.

  47. Hugh Drummond Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I can't figure out why you are getting on this blog about a gay Rabbi and trying to shove your Christian belief system down our throats. You aren't the only religion. As a person whose family came from PA and were Quakers, being raised in Florida was exposed to the Baptist Church which one of my grandmothers attended. I was not happy in that church and chose to consider myself as my father had which is a Quaker. How dare you try to tell me what my belief system should be. You are abominable.

  48. Hugh Drummond Posted on May 17, 2013 at 5:00 am

    In closing – GFY.

  49. Jimmy Turkmani Posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

    wawoouu bravo im also g but im noy out yet;)

  50. arnaud moos Posted on June 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    There have allways been homosexuals, it is a part of nature. Get used to it.

  51. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    That is where you are wrong. We are all nothing but mammal, we do it like on the discovery channel !

  52. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Go to heaven. You deserve a creampie, just like Justin Bieber !

  53. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    That makes three of us !

  54. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    If that is your preference; Go and find out !

  55. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Very silly response.
    My preferences are unlike yours ,natural.

  56. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Being silly is what it is all about, don't take yourself too seriously.

  57. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Well for me -back door friend- some things in life are serious and important.

  58. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    For me too, I value freedom.

  59. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Anal freedom to af more exact..

  60. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Homosexuality is as old as mankind and in line with nature, just as heterosexuality. It is a minority within mankind, but still part of humanity. Some people are Gay, get used to it !

  61. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    As a Christian Orthodox I can't accept homosexuality as a part of nature.
    However that doesnt mean that I feel hate for gays.
    As long as they don't provoke with gay prides, parades etc.

  62. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Visibilitity with Gay Pride is just a carnival with a gay theme. Once a year a Gay Carnival. That is not bad, it is a party !

  63. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I don't like carnival either!

  64. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Get a life !

  65. Ακρίτας Νησιώτης Posted on July 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Get a wife..

  66. arnaud moos Posted on July 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    No thank you, I'd rather brush my teeth.

  67. JesusWaytoHeaven17 Posted on July 15, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Get out of your sin, come to Jesus. Why go to hell, why. Jesus has done so much for you. Only believe. His blood covers your sins, so that you can go to heaven. You cannot stay in this sin. You are decieved by Satan.

  68. octagon_eight Posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    that rabbi is hot

  69. paul parsons Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Sounds as though you know Satan quite well…

  70. MrZulucharlie Posted on October 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    kosher pork is next (:

  71. Philmongerer Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:49 am

    There is no translation. I think the presenter has a different agenda than the rabbi

  72. Silver cord Posted on March 25, 2014 at 2:09 am

    i would date this man…how can i contact him…I'm from california

  73. avishaybel Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    rabbi ?
    who says he"s a rabbi ?
    looks like an ordinary (not even orthodox) guy.
    having a yarmulke on your head doesnt make one a rabbi
    being gay gets you even futher from this title.

  74. Johnathan Brusher Posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    How disgusting, really. Israel never seems to stop creating abominations. What can you say really, Israel itself is an Abomination. The country lives on top of the corpses of the Native children they mass murdered to steal their land.

  75. MakingAmerica GreatAgain Posted on November 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

    In any surrounding nation he'd be killed.  Israeli orthodox Jews don't recognize him as a rabbi.  Israel is anti-public hanging and public hating.  I'm against homosexuality, but we have to applaud Israel for allowing him to even exist.  

  76. Acacia Bloom Posted on May 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    He is hot……..

  77. Teele Rybanova Posted on July 22, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Sorry to sound ignorent, but are they like some sort of supper jews? We don't have these sort of people here in nz… even in Auckland the melting pot of nz… we have Muslims, but never met or seen these guys before. I thought jews we're all good with the gays.. our prime minister is a jew I think… his mother was, she came in the war time… but he doesn't dress like these fellas. Lol considering our country is mostly church of England or catholic to have a jew as our prime minister that's a crack up! Are they like Muslims?

  78. Beverly Huttinger Posted on April 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    No such thing as a Gay Rabbi! They are longer Jews if they are homosexual.

  79. mike Posted on June 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    does he do porn video with Bel ami

  80. TruAgape1234 Posted on June 30, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Moses repeated the death penalty laws in Leviticus before these "modern" Jews did. And in Deuteronomy, Moses clearly associated them with temple prostitution. So u Orthodox Jews, STOP TAKING LEVITICUS OUT OF CONTEXT AND USING THAT AGAINST GAYS.

  81. Christo Chaney Posted on July 9, 2017 at 7:55 am

    ברוך ה׳. זה ריב גבר טוב.

  82. Vayishlach Posted on October 3, 2017 at 1:56 am

    It's so funny how the person who is reporting the news story says "in 2008 when he was still in the closet" how he says that in such a serious way, it's just very very funny !!

  83. John Kimber Posted on October 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Gorgeous rabbi! Gay men are usually so handsome… That is how I know homosexuality is natural because men are visual by nature.

  84. Tico Jefferson Posted on March 23, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Without subtitles is really difficult to understand; I know some Hebrew and as far as I understand, actually he is someone that has three homosexual desire but does not act on it

  85. Ed Camp Posted on May 2, 2018 at 3:36 am


  86. Ed Camp Posted on May 2, 2018 at 3:40 am


  87. silentfades Posted on May 24, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    deep respect for him

  88. warrenpaine Posted on June 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    When they were writing up laws for their tribe: "Don't kill each other"….."Don't steal from each other"……"Be good to your parents"….."Don't lie"…….they also desired a bigger tribe……, realizing that homosexual relationships produced no offspring, they made homosexuality a "sin" hoping to force everyone to be heterosexual. But just like everybody is not right-handed, everyone is not heterosexual. Homosexuality is no more of a sin than being left-handed is a sin.

  89. Trish Yahweh Posted on July 6, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
    The man said,
    “This is now bone of my bones,
    And flesh of my flesh;
    She shall be called Woman,
    Because she was taken out of Man.”

    For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. and the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:18-24

  90. Zvachim Chaim Posted on July 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

  91. Zvachim Chaim Posted on July 10, 2018 at 6:54 am
    He is very special.

  92. Zvachim Chaim Posted on July 10, 2018 at 6:54 am

    He is very special.

  93. Orlando Sanchez Posted on July 29, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Um at least give us some subtitles

  94. Diana Brianti Posted on September 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Did I see ben affleck at 0:47?

  95. RabinoBoricuaVirtual Posted on October 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    A humble exhortation to our ultra-orthodox brothers: If you consider yourself an observant Jew, but your Judaism cannot free you from the abomination of the openly gay lifestyle, it means that your soul is not really [and therefore your place isn't with the Jews, but rather with the Christians]…. Be truthful to your soul; go to the nearest revival church, and ask Jesus to save you from your spiritual bondage…. Then, you will be in your proper place, and finally find the peace you need…

  96. ellioshie m Posted on November 26, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Great brave guy.
    I salute him.

  97. Keegan Bluegrass Posted on February 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    more then one verse on that in leviticus

  98. Mike G Posted on June 5, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    What an idiot . He want to be learned in the Torah but wants to be gay ? It's like saying you want to be a Judge but you don't believe the law of the land . You either believe it all or you don't . You have to bend to god not the other way around .

  99. MC KFC Posted on July 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Its kosher as long as the dog is all beef with no fillers. Chilli is meant to go on a dog. Kosher chilli dogging in the Holy Land.