The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) expresses deep concern over recent attempts to inject leftist progressive and radically sexual-essentialist politics into religious discourse, particularly within the context of Judaism.
The recent comments made by Rabbi Lev Taylor of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue (SWESRS) regarding the sexuality of God have caused significant controversy and divided the Liberal Jewish community. The NJA firmly believes that religion should not be a platform for promoting political ideologies that undermine the sanctity and fundamental principles of faith.
It is crucial to recognize that God transcends human constructs and limitations, including human sexual identity. Judaism, like many other faiths, teaches that God is beyond human comprehension, existing in a realm beyond the material world. Attempts to assign human attributes and labels to God can be deeply offensive to believers who hold sacred the belief in the divine transcendence.
The NJA firmly upholds the principles of religious freedom and respect for diverse perspectives. However, it is essential to maintain the integrity of religious teachings and not misuse religious platforms to propagate divisive and contentious political ideologies. The NJA stands for the preservation of religious values and practices, free from attempts to force political agendas upon them.
Religious leaders hold a significant responsibility in guiding and supporting their congregants on their spiritual journey. Injecting provocative and politically charged statements without context or commentary can lead to confusion and divisiveness among believers.
The NJA calls on religious leaders and congregations to engage in respectful and constructive dialogue that promotes understanding and unity, rather than promoting ideologies that may alienate and offend members of the community.
As an organisation committed to the preservation and promotion of Jewish values, the NJA will closely monitor developments related to this matter. The NJA believes in the importance of fostering open and inclusive spaces for dialogue, but also advocates for the preservation of the sacred essence of religious teachings.