You’d think the title, Confessions of a Gay Zionist, would include some racy bits, right? Well I didn’t find any. There was some talk about his struggle with his sexuality early on, but by a few paragraphs later, Jayson Littman has reconciled his faith and sexuality, no problema. Maybe the real confession is the word, Zionist?
Fast forward 10 years: I am now an out gay man. Many times people ask me, “Do you think it’s nature or nurture?” I always respond by telling them it really doesn’t matter, because either Hashem “natured” me to be gay or put me in the environment that nurtured me to be gay.
I decide to return to Israel, and as soon as I board that El Al plane, I already have a feeling of hope and a closer connection to God. I imagine Israel in 1948 and think about how it is a country built on hope that still offers hope to many Jewish people around the world. I’m not exactly sure what Zionism means today, but when I’m in Israel, I feel the unconditional love of a God to His Jewish people, and my connection to that people.