Philosophical ruminations.
April 28 1999 3:30 AM

News from academe.

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Confronted by an increasingly vocal faction of rabbinical students and liberal rabbis, New York's Jewish Theological Seminary may be forced to reconsider its ban on admitting homosexual students. According to a recent article in the Forward, the matter is expected to spark heated debate at the late April meeting of the Conservative movement's religious leaders, the Rabbinical Assembly. In 1992, citing Torah prohibitions on homosexual acts by men, the Conservative Committee on Law and Standards declared a ban on gays within the rabbinate. A backlash against the ruling has been growing ever since. At the very least, Rabbi Gordon Tucker, a former dean of the Jewish Theological Seminary told the Forward that the Rabbinical Assembly should provide "assurances to members ... that their sexual orientation will not be a factor in limiting their options in furthering their careers."