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June 4, 2015 2:44 pm

Tel Aviv Invites Caitlyn Jenner to Head Gay Pride Parade

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Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The transgender is invited to head Israel gay pride parade. Photo: Twitter.

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The transgender is invited to head Israel gay pride parade. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – Organizers for the upcoming Tel Aviv gay pride parade have invited Caitlyn Jenner to headline the event.

Jenner, a former Olympic men’s decathlon winner who previously went by the name Bruce, has drawn international headlines while becoming the de facto face of the transgendered movement for her recently announced transition to womanhood on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

“When I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer, I was amazed by your bravery and determination to live your life as you choose,” Yaniv Weizman, who holds the gay community portfolio on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipal council, said in an invitation to Jenner to lead the parade, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “The fact that you provided us an opportunity to smile and revealed the personal and complex process you went through, the difficulties that stood in your way, made you a source of inspiration for us in Tel Aviv.”

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Jenner’s stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, along with Kardashian’s husband Kanye West, visited Israel in April, when the celebrity couple baptized their daughter North at an Armenian church in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade is the largest such event in the Middle East, a region where most countries brutally suppress gay and transgender rights. This year’s Tel Aviv parade, which will be held on June 12, will focus on transgendered people. Organizers are expecting around 180,000 people to attend the parade.

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  • lisette

    I hope she agrees to come!

  • D.R.

    Caitlyn is such an inspiration! Having her participate in the Tel Aviv gay pride parade would be such an honor and incredible experience for Israel, and yet another way that this country sets an example for others worldwide.

  • Keren Hofmann

    Consider Shakespeare’s analogy, “All the world is a stage, and we are the actors.” Most of us are born into this world with a script (identity) and a costume (body) that match, are congruent. Some are born with a script that is incongruent with their body. This is like an actor who comes on stage and feels lost, not knowing the plot, their marks, missing their cues, etc. The audience jeers and wants the actor off the stage, to disappear. Obliterating the script or overwriting the script might be tried, but the underlying script does not change. While the script cannot be changed, the costume can be modified to fit the script. Then survival is possible…. Karen Hofmann, MD, FRCP

  • SARA RIFKA

    WHAT A SICK WORLD……AND, TO ALLOW THIS DUMB FAKE PERSON TO LITTER THE STREETS OF ISRAEL…..

    IF IDIOTS LIKE THIS CHOSE THIS LIFE PLEASE DON’T PUT IT IN MY FACE….TRY YOUR MOM’S OR DAD’S IF THEY STILL CARE.

    AND , DON’T DISTRIBUTE THIS SICKNESS OF MIND AND BODY AND SPIRIT TO THE WORLD…….

    • D.R.

      Caitlyn felt “fake” when she was man – this was the only way to truly be herself. Not everyone has to agree with her decision or wish to celebrate it as the gay community of Tel Aviv does, but there is no reason not to be tolerant and respectful at the least.

      Allowing Caitlyn to “litter the streets of Israel”, would allow her to show others that being oneself is not something to be ashamed of, but rather that being whole with oneself and celebrating who we are is beautiful.

      As I insinuated earlier, you as a person too absolutely have a right to think what you think and do what you do in order to feel whole with yourself. All I am saying as that we shouldn’t tell others what is disgraceful or not when it comes to their personhood. We are all human beings who only want peace and acceptance – lets ALL work to make this happen by thinking twice before we do or say anything that could hurt others no matter how different and opposing their choices and state of being are to our own.

    • David levy

      sara I am afraid that u are the sick one!

  • rbockman

    And we are to exact some prideful satisfaction for this effort of demeaning civilization?

  • Sefer HaMidot, chapter Niuf (part 2), paragraph 8:

    It is forbidden to judge favorably [lilmode zechut] he who commits homosexuality.

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was born in 1772 CE and died in 1810 CE.

    ספר המידות – ערך נאוף חלק שני
    ח. אסור ללמד זכות, על זה שעבר על משכב זכור:

  • Shulchan Aruch, Chelek Yoreh Deah, Siman 252, Sif 8:

    We [must] redeem a [captive] woman before a [captive] man [when it is not possible to redeem them both].

    But in a place where they [the kidnappers] are accustomed to commit homosexuality, we must redeem [ransom] the man [from captivity] first.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY:
    The Shulchan Aruch was written by Rabbi Yosef Caro, who lived from 1488 CE to 1575 CE. He was forced to flee Spain at the time of the expulsion (or inquisition), eventually settling in the city of Tzfat, Israel where he was immediately appointed to a position of great importance. The introductory section of Sefer Charedim refers
    to refers to Rabbi Yosef Caro [קארו] as Gadol HaDor [the greatest Rabbi alive at that time].

    שו”ע יורה דעה – סימן רנב
    (ח) פודים האשה קודם האיש, ואם רגילין במשכב זכור, פודין האיש קודם.

  • Sifra commentary on Parshat Acharei Mote, parashta 8, paragraph 8:

    What did they [the Gentiles of Egypt and Canaan] do?

    A man would marry a man, and a woman would marry a woman.

    A man would marry both a woman and her daughter.

    A woman would marry two [men at the same time].
    Therefore, [the Torah] says:

    “…AND YOU MAY NOT FOLLOW THEIR STATUTES.”
    (Vayikra / Leviticus, chapter 18, verse 3).

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Sifra is also known as Torat Kohanim.
    Rambam attributes Sifra to Rab, who was active around year 220 CE.
    Malbim attributes Sifra to Rabbi Chiya, also active around year 220 CE.

  • Shaar HaGilgulim, Introduction hakdamah] chapter 22:

    “He who has sexual intercourse with a man,
    he will be reincarnated as a rabbit or hare…”

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Arizal was Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, born 1534 CE, died 1572 CE.

    שער הגלגולים – הקדמה כב
    הבא על הזכר, יתגלגל בשפן או בארנבת

    NOTE: Sefer Shevet Mussar explains that the reincarnation punishments are in addition to punishment in Gehinom [Hell], not instead of it.

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