“I no longer feel like a conflicted self. I have benefited from reading articles in Tradition and online. I feel more comfortable putting on tefillin and tzitzis and davening three times a day, now that I’ve just accepted sometimes life will be full of contradictions. This is the part of the person that I am.”
Asked later during the Q and A, Josh elaborated.
“Gay men and women in general don’t have a monopoly on having issues with frumkeit,” Josh said.
Since graduating from Yeshiva University, Levovitz helped found JQYouth, which stands for Jewish Queer Youth. He described the group as an “agenda-less” support group of gay and lesbian Jews who come from religious backgrounds.
“Some are trying still to change, some who are gay and live with a gay lifestyle and some struggling still,” he said.