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Telling My Fiancee About My SSA
... I was truly in pain struggling about keeping my SSA secret from my girlfriend. I had previously told her I was struggling and said that I had problems being totally attracted to her (though I wasn’t even sure what that meant). In my heart and soul, I sincerely wanted to be completely attracted to her. This apparent conflict was making me sick because I felt I wasn't being fair to her because she didn't know what my conflict was about. I believed I had hurt her and in the process had allowed her to think or believe she wasn't attractive enough - which was really unfair to her because she is gorgeous, and a spectacular woman with a phenomenal personality. The problem, however, was not her. It had nothing to do with her. It was me. And, I was too much of a coward to come out of the closet and man up to tell her the truth, or to inform her exactly what I was dealing with...Click here to read the rest of Mohamed's story...
R.W. Shares this Poem
Realize that you can't
if there's support that you don't have.
Realize that you need it
is a good thing and not bad.
Realize we were never meant
to carry it alone.
Realize where your heart's at peace
is the real definition of home.
CSR Shares with us
When I returned home I was in it for the long haul battle. SSA or not, this work meant a new beginning for me. One where I could live more fully and healthily. It became apparent to me that my homosexuality was just a symptom of other issues and self restricting beliefs. I knew there was no such thing as working on the homosexuality as an entity and I just wanted to be healthier in the way I treated myself and to begin to show up in the world again.
JONAH helped me find a facilitator and start a support group in Jerusalem...
David shared with us...
I understand "jealousy" to relate to the feeling of inadequacy that many of us with SSA feel towards some other men, that "they" have something that I don't, some sort of secret masculinity or power that I deeply desire. So my prayer is that I not feel that desire towards any man, and that no other man should feel that towards me. That I should know deeply that I am a full and complete member of the brotherhood of men, and that any masculinity I see "out there" is also "in here."Click here to read the rest of his story...
In 2007, JONAH established a separate division, The Jonah Institute for Gender Affirmation, to provide research and clinical strategies for growth out of homosexuality. Jews are obligated to reach out and serve the entire community under the principle of tikkum olam (working together with G-d to heal and perfect the world); simultaneously we are commanded to avoid proselytizing while offering such help. In this respect, both JONAH and the new Institute differ from most other faith-based ministries because we assist non-Jewish individuals and families in a manner which will not threaten their personal religious or secular beliefs.
Dear Mrs. Berk,
It hurts me greatly to have to write on this subject, which unfortunately misleads many people. Anything that the Torah forbids, the human being is able to control. Many times, additional professional assistance is needed to control these deviations, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and Rabbinic authorities.