The Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam has been suspended after seemingly
agreeing that homosexuality can be cured.
Aryeh Ralbag, the top Jewish leader of The Netherlands' capital
city, was suspended today by the board of the Orthodox Jewish
According to the Jerusalem Post, it comes after he signed a
document describing homosexuality as an inclination which "can be
modified and healed."
Naturally, the move sparked criticism amongst the city's
The document - Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality
- apparently called on "authority figures" to "guide same-sex
strugglers towards a path of healing and overcoming their
"Rabbi Ralbag's signature may give the impression the Orthodox
Jewish community of Amsterdam shares his view," a press release by
the community's board read.
"This is absolutely untrue. Homosexuals are welcome at the
Amsterdam Jewish community."