The Gay Orthodox Underground

Recently, organized efforts have been made to confront the conflicts between homosexuality and traditional Jewish life.

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"In the Orthodox world the pressure to conform is enormous," says Naomi Mark, a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan with a large Orthodox clientele. "Throughout life you are learning about the values of family, Torah, and how the mitzvah of peru urevu is incumbent upon men. The barriers to accepting one's impulses are that much harder because the cost is so great."

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Naomi Grossman is a freelance writer living in Sharon, MA. She currently works for, an online news service.