The Rebbe Reb Zisheh of Hanipoli famously listed 7 lessons in ' עבודת ה = the service of G-d that he learned from thieves and burglars. There are good points to learn from everyone and everything.
In this vein and in response to the ugly recriminations flying fast and furious from one Toevah community to another over at the Mega-J-Bloggers place, humble me submits an incomplete list of things the Torah-True Community can learn from the LGBT community. When IMO the lesson in Jewishness is learned from a particular component of the LGBT community I’ve indicated as much with the appropriate capital letter:
1. What we find attractive others find unattractive or downright repulsive. So what? Who cares? They can’t possibly understand. We are wired differently.
2. While we may love and respect our families we ought not to hesitate to alienate our families if they stand in the way of our relationship with our One true love.
3. We need Jewish eyes to see and apprehend everything around us. Jewishness is not just one element of our identities or something that directs a particular sphere of activity/activities. OTC it defines EVERYTHING about us.
4. (T) We ought not to hesitate to undergo RADICAL transformations, including counseling, name changes and even surgery if our current identities don’t “feel right”
5. (B) It’s possible to live in two worlds at one time
6. (G) Lack of commitment may equate to disease and even death while monogamy and commitment is healthy
7. (L) We need a room of our own
8. Ideally we should prioritize vacation locales and activities that help us actualize our identities
9. Being closeted is unhealthy. Let the world know that you are Jewish
10. Sometimes showing our pride in our identity requires the wearing of outlandish costumes
11. (G) If the front door is locked try the back door
12. We’re Jews and in the News…ya better get used to it.
13. (L) Embrace Klezmer Music
Last and most obvious:
14. Serve the L-rd with gaiety and gladness of heart.
One thing that we must NOT learn from the LGBT community is that it’s all right to make statements that incriminate others while being parsed to keep ourselves innocent and blame free.
פלוני רבעני לרצוני [פלגינן דיבוריה ו] הוא ואחר מצטרפין להרגו
I’m sure that this list would be much longer were it not for my being blissfully ignorant of more of the ways and mores of LGBT culture.
Next up “The positive side of Bestiality” (that’s a joke …only a joke)
Qedusha-Havdala…have you had your today???