LGBTQ in Israel: When Tel Aviv Meets the Rabbinate

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Whenever I teach about the story of Israel and I am asked to discuss the “tough issues,” the “provocative questions” or the really “juicy topics,” I start off in the same way -- the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is peanuts compared to the navigation of what it means for Israel to be both a Jewish and democratic state. (Slight exaggeration there.)

On June 2, 2000, United States President Bill Clinton declared that the month of June should be “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in commemoration of the June 1969 Stonewall riots. Since then, dozens of...

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