JIDF Shocked by both a "Gay Orthodox Rabbi" and the Creation of a "Blessing" for Anonymous Sex

This is not the Judaism we know. What is in the water in San Fran?:

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 17, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A San Francisco synagogue's new prayer book contains a prayer for unexpected intimacy.

The prayer is included in Congregation Sha'ar Zaha's siddur to be released by San Francisco's main gay synagogue, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported Tuesday.

The news service reported the prayer is meant to be said after engaging in anonymous sex.

"In the dark, in a strange place, our father Jacob encountered a stranger with whom he grappled all night," the prayer begins, referring to the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. "He never knew the stranger's name, yet their encounter was a blessing, which turned Jacob into Israel and made him realize, I have seen G-d face-to-face."

The prayer, titled "Kavannah for Unexpected Intimacy," asks G-d to permit the encounter to be a blessing "that allows us to both touch and see the divine."

Rabbi Steve Greenberg, an openly gay Orthodox rabbi, said anonymous sex is a form of "mutual objectification" and is the opposite of holiness.

"What is missing from this prayer is that holiness grows incrementally as we move beyond the momentary, the sensual and the strange."

Source: http://www.ujc.org/page.aspx?id=184203

As a friend of the JIDF said:

Live your life as you choose - its between you and G-d -but don't try to justify your perversions by saying a blessing.
On another note, how is it that there is such a thing as a "gay Orthodox rabbi" when homosexuality is clearly forbidden in Torah? Is that not like saying, "I'm an Orthodox rabbi but I just don't do the whole Shabbos thing...." or "oh sure, I'm Orthodox, please pass the bacon..."



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