Video of segments from “Being Gay in The Orthodox World: A conversation with Members of the YU Community”

December 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm 5 comments

YU has not released an official transcript of it’s event this week in order to protect the privacy of participants. Several participants, however, have allowed footage of their comments to be shared on Youtube, and we are including these videos here. If others who were at the event are willing to share their comments, we will be sharing them as well.

View of the Audience:

Introductory Remarks:

Rabbi Blau’s Intro (we are waiting for permission to publish this)


1st Panelist: (pending permission)

Avi Kopstick:

Mordechai Levovitz:

Closing Remarks: Dr. Pelcovitz:

View of the Crowd at the end:


Entry filed under: Coming out, Community Events & Announcements, frum, frum queer, Halacha, Homophobia, Homosexuality and halacha, Identity, Judaism and Homosexuality, Living in the Orthodox World, Orthodox, orthodox judaism, Personal Stories, Uncategorized.

Being Gay in the Orthodox world: A conversation with Yeshiva University Community Members Which Eye Should I Look In?

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anon  |  December 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    video of the first panelist is up too,

  • 2. ita cohen  |  December 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    hi. Thank you sooo much for sharing your experience with everyone. I have a whole new appreciation for gay people in the orthodox community and if you ever need to talk I am hear to listen.

  • 3. Jayme  |  December 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you for providing this footage and this amazing service. We all deserve to live whole in our faith.

  • 4. George Saiger  |  January 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I understand that some flyers appeared on bullieten boards at YU recently signed by President Joel reaffirming that sodomy is not condoned. Anybody know if it was related to this symposium?

  • 5. queeryeshivameidel  |  January 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

    It is related, although interestingly, the event did not focus on whether mishkav zachar is forbidden, but on the communal response to the experience of gay orthodox jews. Rabbi Blau actually specifically introduced the event by saying that it would not focus on halacha, but instead would focus on the stories that people were sharing.


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