Letter to the editor: April 26, 2010

Harrison Leonard has quite an opinion with regard to same sex marriage.  He talks at length about the original definition of marriage.  But he does not tell us what that definition is.  Let’s be intellectually honest.  Historically, marriage included the following:

Men were allowed to marry more than one woman at the same time.

Women were considered acquired property.  Marriage was not about love.

If a man died, the widow was obligated marry his younger brother (in many western cultures).

If a couple could not have children, they were encourage to get divorced.

This list goes on.  Is this the definition of marriage we really want?

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

Rabbi of Temple Akiba, Culver City