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Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change Paperback – January 31, 2009
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Two specific strengths of Goldberg's book are these. First, Goldberg thoroughly discusses the Hebrew Scriptures' prohibition of lesbian behavior. Most people do not even know that such a case can be made, let alone made convincingly. Second, Goldberg draws a careful parallel between a spiritual path to gender wholeness and psychological steps to gender wholeness. There is nothing like this parallel in print anywhere; it applies to all of the monotheistic religions, not just to Judaism.
The only weaknesses of the book are things that are omitted (index, bibliography, glossary of terms) and its need for being copy-edited more carefully.
I know of only two other book-length treatments of Judaism and homosexuality. Stephen Greenberg's Wrestling with G-d and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (Madison: U. Wisconsin Pr., 2004) is a liberal view, hardly sympathetic with 5000 years of Jewish thought. Chaim Rapoport's Judaism and Homosexuality (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2004) is an excellent academic survey, with 100 pages of endnotes (!) for its 140 pages of text. Goldberg's book stands alone among practical, conservative books addressing Judaism and homosexuality.
Light in the Closet does an excellent job in explaining how we got into the morally confusing situation that we are in today with respect to same sex attractions and in showing the perils to which we are exposing our children with premature and provocative sex education. Goldberg does a thorough job in drawing out the biblical arguments against homosexual acts and at times I got lost in the details of the argumentation. But his discussion of the path to wholeness is extremely helpful. Unlike some religious writers, his approach is very compassionate and non-condemning as he outlines some concrete and effective steps that can be taken by those who would undertake the journey to healing. I found the personal testimonies towards the end to be very encouraging.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who lives with unwanted same sex attractions and to all those who care enough to support them in their struggle.
Mr. Goldberg breaks the subject matter down into clear and understandable points; how we got here; what the Bible says on the issue; and how the psychological community is -or isn't - "helping" patients who are tormented and are seeking help. We also learn what is being taught to our children in schools across the country on the subject.
Goldberg shares a tremendous hope here. The book is a refreshing look at the subject, and is very well worth the money. You can read some of the rave reviews at Red Heifer Press.
Written with Torah based wisdom, this information is mandetory for any religion. Do you child a favor, read this book.