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Jewish responses to AIDS

, : Jewish responses to AIDS. Journal of Homosexuality 33(1): 17-34

Theoretically, Judaism treats AIDS, an illness, with compassion. Yet because of its link to homosexuality, AIDS and its stigma are often concealed. Neither homosexuality nor AIDS can be fully concealed, even by those who most denounce them, nor can they be completely open, even by those who most fully accept them. The implications of rejection and acceptance (a continuum) are discussed. In spite of the biblical rejection of homosexuality, the Gay Synagogue offers the most meaningful support to those who suffer from AIDS and to their loved ones. Paradoxically, the most successful programmes are those adhering to the formal religious practices which provide the basic structure to every Jewish synagogue.


PMID: 9205926

DOI: 10.1300/J082v33n01_02

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