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Public letter
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:04:32 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a rabbi at Columbia University and a graduate of Beis Midrash Gavoah in Lakewood, NJ.
I have transgender students, transgender congregants, and I have a transgender child. As Jewish educators, we donít teach Torah, in that the Torah doesnít need us as a rebbe. Rather, we teach children, Godís children Ė in Godís dwelling place, the classroom. We are taught in Shabbos 119b that Godís house in Jerusalem was only destroyed because schoolchildren were diverted from learning Torah. The Maharal observes that the purity and holiness of schoolchildren is greater than that of the Holy Temple. He explains that the wood and stones of the Temple are limited in their ability to accept holiness by their finite physical nature. By contrast, children, possessing an eternal soul, have an expansive capacity to hold Godís holiness through Torah learning. When the Jewish People prevented schoolchildren from being the natural receptacle of Torah that they are, it showed that they were not sensitive enough to appreciate even the lower level holiness of the Temple, and were therefore unworthy of it.
What do our actions say about our understanding of the Torah, which doesnít itself have a soul, when we deny its intended purpose, which is to be learned by the souls of Godís children? We are only worthy to teach Torah when we can appreciate the holiness and goodness of those whom we are teaching. All of Godís children are equally loved and entitled to the inheritance of a Jewish education, because they are the holiest among us.
No child should be denied admission based on gender identity. Further, Jewish schools should be welcoming, respectful, and affirming of the gender identities expressed by students. This means at least assuring safe and comfortable bathroom access, usage of preferred pronouns, and gender-affirming application of school dress codes.
The divine mandate to teach Torah comes with the holy responsibility to teach it properly Ė holding in our hearts that each childís most pronounced identity is being created in the image of God.
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 04:13:20 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a rabbi at Columbia University and a graduate of Beis Midrash Gavoah in Lakewood, NJ.
I have transgender students, transgender congregants, and I have a transgender child. As Jewish educators, we donít teach Torah, in that the Torah doesnít need us as a rebbe. Rather, we teach children, Godís children Ė in Godís dwelling place, the classroom. We are taught in Shabbos 119b that Godís house in Jerusalem was only destroyed because schoolchildren were diverted from learning Torah. The Maharal observes that the purity and holiness of schoolchildren is greater than that of the Holy Temple. He explains that the wood and stones of the Temple are limited in their ability to accept holiness by their finite physical nature. By contrast, children, possessing an eternal soul, have an expansive capacity to hold Godís holiness through Torah learning. When the Jewish People prevented schoolchildren from being the natural receptacle of Torah that they are, it showed that they were not sensitive enough to appreciate even the lower level holiness of the Temple, and were therefore unworthy of it.
What do our actions say about our understanding of the Torah, which doesnít itself have a soul, when we deny its intended purpose, which is to be learned by the souls of Godís children? We are only worthy to teach Torah when we can appreciate the holiness and goodness of those whom we are teaching. All of Godís children are equally loved and entitled to the inheritance of a Jewish education, because they are the holiest among us.
No child should be denied admission based on gender identity. Further, Jewish schools should be welcoming, respectful, and affirming of the gender identities expressed by students. This means at least assuring safe and comfortable bathroom access, usage of preferred pronouns, and gender-affirming application of school dress codes.
The divine mandate to teach Torah comes with the holy responsibility to teach it properly Ė holding in our hearts that each childís most pronounced identity is being created in the image of God.
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 04:14:58 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a rabbi at Columbia University and a graduate of Beis Midrash Gavoah in Lakewood, NJ.
I have transgender students, transgender congregants, and I have a transgender child. As Jewish educators, we donít teach Torah, in that the Torah doesnít need us as a rebbe. Rather, we teach children, Godís children Ė in Godís dwelling place, the classroom. We are taught in Shabbos 119b that Godís house in Jerusalem was only destroyed because schoolchildren were diverted from learning Torah. The Maharal observes that the purity and holiness of schoolchildren is greater than that of the Holy Temple. He explains that the wood and stones of the Temple are limited in their ability to accept holiness by their finite physical nature. By contrast, children, possessing an eternal soul, have an expansive capacity to hold Godís holiness through Torah learning. When the Jewish People prevented schoolchildren from being the natural receptacle of Torah that they are, it showed that they were not sensitive enough to appreciate even the lower level holiness of the Temple, and were therefore unworthy of it.
What do our actions say about our understanding of the Torah, which doesnít itself have a soul, when we deny its intended purpose, which is to be learned by the souls of Godís children? We are only worthy to teach Torah when we can appreciate the holiness and goodness of those whom we are teaching. All of Godís children are equally loved and entitled to the inheritance of a Jewish education, because they are the holiest among us.
No child should be denied admission based on gender identity. Further, Jewish schools should be welcoming, respectful, and affirming of the gender identities expressed by students. This means at least assuring safe and comfortable bathroom access, usage of preferred pronouns, and gender-affirming application of school dress codes.
The divine mandate to teach Torah comes with the holy responsibility to teach it properly Ė holding in our hearts that each childís most pronounced identity is being created in the image of God.
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
At least you put this gibberish in JS and didn't pretend it was more than that.

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2016, 04:21:30 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a rabbi at Columbia University and a graduate of Beis Midrash Gavoah in Lakewood, NJ.
I have transgender students, transgender congregants, and I have a transgender child. As Jewish educators, we donít teach Torah, in that the Torah doesnít need us as a rebbe. Rather, we teach children, Godís children Ė in Godís dwelling place, the classroom. We are taught in Shabbos 119b that Godís house in Jerusalem was only destroyed because schoolchildren were diverted from learning Torah. The Maharal observes that the purity and holiness of schoolchildren is greater than that of the Holy Temple. He explains that the wood and stones of the Temple are limited in their ability to accept holiness by their finite physical nature. By contrast, children, possessing an eternal soul, have an expansive capacity to hold Godís holiness through Torah learning. When the Jewish People prevented schoolchildren from being the natural receptacle of Torah that they are, it showed that they were not sensitive enough to appreciate even the lower level holiness of the Temple, and were therefore unworthy of it.
What do our actions say about our understanding of the Torah, which doesnít itself have a soul, when we deny its intended purpose, which is to be learned by the souls of Godís children? We are only worthy to teach Torah when we can appreciate the holiness and goodness of those whom we are teaching. All of Godís children are equally loved and entitled to the inheritance of a Jewish education, because they are the holiest among us.
No child should be denied admission based on gender identity. Further, Jewish schools should be welcoming, respectful, and affirming of the gender identities expressed by students. This means at least assuring safe and comfortable bathroom access, usage of preferred pronouns, and gender-affirming application of school dress codes.
The divine mandate to teach Torah comes with the holy responsibility to teach it properly Ė holding in our hearts that each childís most pronounced identity is being created in the image of God.
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2016, 04:21:30 PM »
To Whom It May Concern,
I am a rabbi at Columbia University and a graduate of Beis Midrash Gavoah in Lakewood, NJ.
I have transgender students, transgender congregants, and I have a transgender child. As Jewish educators, we donít teach Torah, in that the Torah doesnít need us as a rebbe. Rather, we teach children, Godís children Ė in Godís dwelling place, the classroom. We are taught in Shabbos 119b that Godís house in Jerusalem was only destroyed because schoolchildren were diverted from learning Torah. The Maharal observes that the purity and holiness of schoolchildren is greater than that of the Holy Temple. He explains that the wood and stones of the Temple are limited in their ability to accept holiness by their finite physical nature. By contrast, children, possessing an eternal soul, have an expansive capacity to hold Godís holiness through Torah learning. When the Jewish People prevented schoolchildren from being the natural receptacle of Torah that they are, it showed that they were not sensitive enough to appreciate even the lower level holiness of the Temple, and were therefore unworthy of it.
What do our actions say about our understanding of the Torah, which doesnít itself have a soul, when we deny its intended purpose, which is to be learned by the souls of Godís children? We are only worthy to teach Torah when we can appreciate the holiness and goodness of those whom we are teaching. All of Godís children are equally loved and entitled to the inheritance of a Jewish education, because they are the holiest among us.
No child should be denied admission based on gender identity. Further, Jewish schools should be welcoming, respectful, and affirming of the gender identities expressed by students. This means at least assuring safe and comfortable bathroom access, usage of preferred pronouns, and gender-affirming application of school dress codes.
The divine mandate to teach Torah comes with the holy responsibility to teach it properly Ė holding in our hearts that each childís most pronounced identity is being created in the image of God.
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
Can this be merged with the pot smoking thread?

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 04:22:05 PM »
Is this a joke? Where was this published?

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 04:23:38 PM »
I have tears in my eyes.

Thank you!
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2016, 04:25:32 PM »
At least you put this gibberish in JS and didn't pretend it was more than that.
It doesn't belong in JS, it belongs in BS.

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2016, 04:26:08 PM »
I have tears in my eyes.

Thank you!
Who let the dogs out?
I thought you were fighting for species identity rights these days?
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2016, 04:26:23 PM »
Someone reach out to him to see if he actually wrote this.

http://ouc.columbia.edu/religious-life-advisers/
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2016, 04:31:45 PM »
Is this a joke? Where was this published?

It's real. It was posted on Facebook

Someone reach out to him to see if he actually wrote this.

http://ouc.columbia.edu/religious-life-advisers/

He did in fact write it.

I obviously have a DDF account but I would like to not be associated with this under my real name.

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2016, 04:33:11 PM »
It's real. It was posted on Facebook

He did in fact write it.

I obviously have a DDF account but I would like to not be associated with this under my real name.
Link to FB post? Or a screenshot at least..
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2016, 04:33:32 PM »
It's real. It was posted on Facebook

He did in fact write it.

I obviously have a DDF account but I would like to not be associated with this under my real name.

Your DDF account is your real name? Who are you, Chaim Moscowitz?

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Re: Public letter
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2016, 04:33:47 PM »
Guys, Bottom line.
We Must respect one another. No Exceptions
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Re: Public letter
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2016, 04:34:46 PM »
Who let the dogs out?
I thought you were fighting for species identity rights these days?
I'm not going to pretend I wasn't offended by your post.

Where's the Chabad tolerance they all talk about?
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