Background: Laura Schlessinger
a US radio personality who dispenses advice
to people calling in to her radio show. Recently, she said that as an observant
Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22
cannot be condoned in any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr.
Laura penned by a US resident.
Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have
learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as
many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for
example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an
abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding
some of the specific laws and how to follow them.
1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing
odor for the Lord (Leviticus 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the
odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.
In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period
of menstrual uncleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I
have tried asking, but most women take offence.
4. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female,
provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims
that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly
states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination
(Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can
you settle this?
7. Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect
in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to
be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around
their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should
9. I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me
unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops
in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different
kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to
curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble
of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Leviticus 24:10-16). Couldn't we
just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who
sleep with their in-laws? (Leviticus 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can
help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and