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Y-Love – Jewish, Orthodox, Black… and Gay

Y-Love Chaim Schvarcz

New York rapper Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan, famed black convert to Orthodox Judaism and celebrated artist, has announced that he is homosexual in an interview with Out magazine.

Jordan told the magazine he hopes his announcement will not cause him to be alienated by his community, but that he no longer cares very much about what people think.  He said he will continue to infuse his music with Jewish values, with Hebrew, and will aim to bolster LGBT hip-hop fans.

Jordan is of Puerto Rican and Ethiopian descent, and completed an Orthodox conversion in 2000, going on to study at Jerusalem’s Ohr Somayach yeshiva.

“I’m ready to find a husband,” Jordan told Out. “My number one priority is to get back into dating.”

According to the interview, Y-Love tried therapy aimed at attracting him to a heterosexual lifestyle, but was not changed by it.  He was married to a Jewish woman for a short time, but the relationship ended in divorce.

Out says Jordan now calls himself “ex-Hassidic,” and no longer lives in Flatbush.  He continues to celebrate Jewish holidays.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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One Response to “Y-Love – Jewish, Orthodox, Black… and Gay”

  1. Poster Atat says:

    Orthodox and gay?

    Isn't that like being a vegetarian who eats meat?

    Or a cantor who won't sing…

    or how about,

    "I'm a single mother. I don't happen to have any children, but I'm still a single mother."


    "I went to Yeshiva University. That's right. Every day I had to deliver them a newspaper."

    "is there a doctor on the plane?"
    "Yes, I'm a doctor. (long pause) "…of philosophy."

    I know one woman who told her husband she couldn't help him work because she had to get back to work harvesting her garden, or the vegetables would rot.

    "What are you talking about, I didn't know you had a garden!"

    Turns out she was talking about the video-game, Farm Town.


    "I keep strictly kosher."

    "What are you eating now?"

    "A delicious bacon sandwich, I brought some for everybody, want some?"


    "I'm a Republican, but I decided to vote for Obama."

    Have you ever voted for a Republican?

    "Nope, never have, never will, they're all a bunch of crooks."

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