Trembling Before G-d

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Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, this documentary portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma: how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.

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Just watched this excellent documentary tonight and despite being very irreligious, it strangely moved me in ways other LGBTQ documentaries do. Not sure why this is, except that the conservative religious background that is presented is not that far from the evangelically conservative south that raised me. Also it was just a great subject, handled deftly and delicately. Definitely a must-see for people in the diaspora & LGBTQ communities.

While a life-long atheist, that is NOT anti-theist, in communities of faith dealing with the struggle of acceptance, visibility, and navigating the restrictive environments holds a lesson for all.

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