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BH 14:158-159. CELD ID 21516|
In regard to the highly sensitive issue of how to relate and react to a religious homosexual from a religious and psychological perspective, Joel B. Wolowelsky and Bernard L. Weinstein make the following cogent point: "Halacha focuses on the ability to withdraw from executing a natural impulse, not from feeling the impulse itself. A young man who has homosexual thoughts but...can control his actions is not ill. But a person who has an irresistible compulsion to act against his values does need psychological help irrespective of the nature of the compulsion. Thus even in cases where homosexual desire is long-standing and defines a deep and apparently unalterable aspect of the personality, Halacha calls us to the heroic act of renunciation."