Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Jewish case for marriage equality

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-

This past week, Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, which, according to Rabbinic Tradition, is the day on which human beings were created.

As Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we remind ourselves that humanity in all its variety and homogeneity was fashioned from the same material. Our classic Rabbinic texts describe our species' shared origins as dust of the earth, as clay and ashes, as flesh and blood, maggots and worms and worse.

But that's not all.

Every human comes from the same primordial clay. But we are more than flesh and blood. We are also -- every religious text says so -- more than matter and stuff.

Beyond our physical bodies, we are animated with a soul, a spirit, a conscience, our essence. In Hebrew this internal reflection of divinity is what makes us "B'tzelem Elohim -- in the Image of God."

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