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Chaim Levin
Chaim Levin is a Jewish LGBT activist and blogger for Gotta Give ‘Em Hope.

Entries by Chaim Levin


(6) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Yep, it's true, I am a married man. I married my husband on March 11th and have kept relatively quiet about it until now other than sharing the fact that Brent and I are in a relationship.

Our wedding was in Brooklyn City Hall on Court Street and the only...

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(56) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, something so ugly, so dark and so shameful, this secret ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every...

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Hebrew Theological School Apologizes to Sex Abuse Survivor Put on Notice

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Last Thursday, Kaylie (a pseudonym) was placed on notice for misconduct at Hebrew Theological College for disclosing on Facebook that she is a survivor of sexual abuse. She had felt that she must stand against the attitude that survivors are defective. Ironically, her dean declared very coldly as a result...

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Sexual Abuse Victim Demeaned, Put on Notice for Misconduct at Hebrew Theological College

(17) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Hebrew Theological College Dean Doctor Esther Shkop demeans student survivor of sexual abuse and puts her on notice for having the audacity to talk about her experience. Kaylie's (a pseudonym) courage is to be applauded. The college's actions are outrageous.

Kaylie, an 18-year-old college student in Chicago had recently posted...

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What, Indeed, Was Manis Friedman Thinking?

(31) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:30 AM

The Internet has buzzed for the past few days over a video of Rabbi Manis Friedman discussing his thoughts about sexual abuse and how it should be handled. His remarks were reprehensibly callous and chillingly dismissive -- especially to those still struggling with an aftermath of depression, fear,...

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Incompetence or Corruption: Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse and the Brooklyn District Attorney

(43) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:44 AM

At a press conference yesterday, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes spoke about the victory in the case of Nechemya Weberman, the unlicensed counselor who had just been convicted on 59 counts of sexual assault and was sentenced yesterday to 103 years in prison. Indeed, his conviction was a...

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The Grave Truth Threatening Orthodox Communities

(13) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 12:29 PM

This past sunday, a townhall meeting was held in Crown Heights to raise awareness regarding the epidemic of child sexual abuse within Orthodox communities and their problematic responses. The event hosted by Eli Federman, a long time community activist and champion of these important causes, and included incredible panelists: Rabbi...

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Dear Rabbi Shmuley, Can You Leave Dan Savage Alone?

(40) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:10 AM

This open letter comes after a few days of comments and articles written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a proud supporter of gay rights and a dear friend of mine. He has lambasted Dan Savage for certain remarks made in reference to the Bible. Rabbi Shmuley went so far as to...

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Jewish Queer Youth Speak Out at Yale

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:11 PM

The academic world, especially a campus as elaborate as Yale's, fills me with awe -- the libraries, buildings devoted to different subject areas and, above all, the energy of the thousands of students studying day and night toward various degrees that offer a brighter future. That world is something I...

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The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

(339) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:09 PM

The school I attended while growing up as a Chabad Orthodox Jew in Crown Heights, Brooklyn did not teach any formal, academic subjects -- no reading, writing, literature, math, science or history. I cannot say that I was all too surprised by the many people trying to defend...

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National Education Day and the Education I Never Had

(19) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Yesterday was proclaimed "National Education and Sharing Day, USA" in tribute to the late Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Schneerson's birthday. President Obama wrote:

For centuries, the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of character have driven American progress and enriched our national life. On Education and Sharing Day,...

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Wearing My Rainbow Yarmulka With Pride

(15) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Wearing a yarmulka had been a great challenge for me, mostly since I stopped identifying as an Orthodox Jew. While living in Crown Heights, I have walked the streets without a yarmulka, which many people saw as the ultimate sign of rebellion from me -- the last straw and lamentable...

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Taking off the Mask for Purim

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:02 PM

This year's Purim marks three years since I started my incredible journey of coming out. Until three years ago I struggled in isolation with my identity as a gay man and an Orthodox Jew. I had spent the previous two years surrounded only by people who rejected themselves as gay...

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