This week’s NY Jewish Week has an op-ed by R’ Jerome Epstein, a prominent Conservative Rabbi, reflecting on the recent survey within the Conservative movement which revealed great support for the acceptance and ordination of gay rabbis (there is also an op-ed by R' Michael Broyde, an Orthodox Rabbi, on the same topic). The ordination of gays and officiating at same sex unions has been approved by the Conservative Law Commitee, much to the consternation of a minority in the movement. In the same paper there is an article about Rabbi Plotkin, another Conservative Rabbi referred to as the movement’s “top kashrut kop”, who was “disappointed” to discover from the same survey that a majority of Conservative Rabbis and clergy eat hot dairy foods, including grilled fish, in non-kosher restaurants. This, Epstein feels, runs contrary to Conservative interpretation of Jewish law. He plans to write a paper and forward it to their Law Committee for consideration.
So let me guess this straight – homosexual unions are OK, but having grilled kosher fish in a treif restaurant is out? Something is not kosher here, and it ain’t the fish.