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A Yiddishe Tatte

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Last night there was a welcoming reception in Tel Aviv for gay fathers who recently returned from Thailand where local surrogate women gave birth to their babies.

Now their babies received Israeli passports, after a Supreme Court January decision, by a 5-2 vote, had ordered the state to recognize the gay adoption of a child born through surrogacy, including registering both the biological father and his partner as fathers of the child.

Language, especially media language can take us to bizarre places. For instance, I don’t think the court recognized “gay adoption,” because there’s no such thing. The court recognized adoption of a baby by a gay person. But I don’t think there’s such a thing as a gay person. There are persons engaged in homosexual intercourse, and then they stop, and maybe go eat a sandwich. Is that a gay sandwich they’re eating?

Why would the state even be concerned which way a citizen finds his or her physical gratification before it permits them to do certain things?

– I’d like a driver’s license, please.

– Straight or gay?

– Gay.

– Window 5.

I’m far from advocating homosexuality, it’s actually one of the Torah commandments that come easy to me, but I fail to understand why the state should be involved here.

Credit: Gideon Markowicz/FLASH90

Credit: Gideon Markowicz/FLASH90

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “A Yiddishe Tatte”

  1. Alexis Worlock says:

    Well written, Yori. Very clear.

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