Sunday, March 17, 2019

Homophobia in the Talmud

The Talmud is very complicated, not every statement is a law, sometimes it is a commentary or the opinion of a certain Rabbi, sometimes a stipulation or refutation, however the quotes below should give you a good idea about Talmudic reasoning on certain issues.

The Talmud likens male homosexuality to bestiality and claims that Jews in general are suspected of neither, the punishment of homosexuality is stoning to death.   As for Lesbianism, the Talmud states that women who have sex with other women are not fit to marry a priest and some Rabbis do not allow their daughters to sleep together to avoid such a situation.  There is little doubt  that today’s calls to have homosexuals killed or the all to often likening of homosexuality to bestiality  comes from the influence of Jewish scripture.

Homosexuality And Bestiality Linked… Jews Are Not Suspected Of 
Such Behavior

“Mishna: Rabbi Judah said: An unmarried man must not tend cattle, nor may two unmarried men sleep together under the same cover. But the Sages permitted it. Gemara: What is the reason? Said they to R. Judah, Israel are not suspected of either pederasty or bestiality.” – Babylonian Talmud, Kuddushin

Homosexual Men & Bestiality Mentioned In The Same Mishna, Homosexuals Should Be Stoned To Death, So  Should Raped Animals 


Lesbianism Are Lewd And Disqualified From Marrying A Priest

“R. Huna said: Women who practise lewdness with one another are disqualified from marrying a priest.” – 1962  Soncino Baylonian Talmud, Yabamoth 76a

Rabbi Does Not Allow  His Daughters To Sleep In The Same 
Bed To Avoid Lesbianism

“He did not permit them to sleep together’. Shall we say that this supports R. Huna? For R. Huna said: Women that commit lewdness with one another are unfit for the priesthood. [30]- 1962  Babylonian Talmud, Shabbath 65a

FOOTNOTE 30:  Sc. to marry a High Priest, who must marry none but a virgin (Lev. XXI, 13), for their lewdness destroys their virginity. Though there were no High Priests in his days, he nevertheless objected to this on grounds of decency, and therefore may have taken steps to prevent it. — V. Weiss, Dor, I , 23.

No comments:

Post a Comment