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Jewish rabbis speak out on same sex relationships.

Jewish rabbis speak out on same sex relationships.

A prominent Israeli Charedi rabbi has attacked Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for his guidance on LGBT+ relationships and also criticised the reaction from other strictly Orthodox rabbis as not strong enough.

Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the nonagenarian head of the Beth Din of the Eda Charedit in Jerusalem - which lies to the right of Israel’s official Chief Rabbinate - said British Jewry was in danger because LGBT+ people might become “legitimate members of our communities”.

Rabbi Mirvis’s guidance to schools on their duty of care towards LGBT+ pupils, published shortly before Rosh Hashanah, was considered the first of its type in the Orthodox world.

In response, a number of strictly Orthodox rabbis from London, Manchester and Gateshead issued a statement agreeing that children should not be bullied in school because of their “inclinations”.

However, without openly criticising Rabbi Mirvis, they said they wanted to clear any “misconception” by emphasising that same-sex relationships were forbidden.

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