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The Banality of Controversy

Huppah Dreams

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Yohahtan Bock and Ronald Kaplan(Michael Manheim/NYT)

Each Monday, we choose the most interestingly Jewish announcement from that Sunday’s New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section. This week feels more complicated than usual. For one thing, we have a World Series champion marrying, pretty obviously, a Jewish woman. For another, we have a long write-up of the Jennifer Miller-Jason Feifer nuptials, disqualified since that happy couple was already featured in Huppah Dreams (on the occasion of a much shorter Times notice) two weeks ago. (Mazel tov indeed.)

This week’s couple, Yonahton Bock and Ronald Kaplan, have also already been featured on The Scroll, but, well, it wasn’t a Huppah Dreams. And their marriage is historic: According to +972, theirs was the first same-sex wedding officiated by an openly gay, ordained Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Steve Greenberg. It is sure to be controversial (they used a substitute for a ketubah and instituted other egalitarian alterations as well), and what will make that controversy ironic is that, except for the fact that they are both men, this is a classic D.C. pairing: a corporate analyst at a Virginia-based bank and an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Each has a postgraduate degree and, now, a husband. Mazel tov to the happy couple!

Yohahtan Block and Ronald Kaplan [NYT]
Related: Orthodox Rabbi Marries Gay Couple in Historic Wedding in D.C. [+972]
Earlier: Sundown: Landmark Orthodox Gay Wedding

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Mazel tov! I hope that your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be, and that it was just the beginning of a lifetime of abundant love, boundless joy, good health, invigorating adventure, and inner peace.

Does this ‘Orthodox’ rabbi also officiate at interfaith weddings?

If not, why not?

Though Rabbi Steve Greenberg was ordained in the Orthodox tradition many years ago, before he came out as gay, it is now questionable if he can be called “Orthodox” any longer – he does not function any longer within the Orthodox tradition or at any Orthodox Shul.

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