Trembling Before G-d (2001)

Trembling Before G-d (2001)

Director Sandi Simcha Dubowski

Genre Documentary

Year 2001

Actors Shlomo Ashkinazy, Steve Greenberg, Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark

IMDB : 7.2 (819 votes)


Description Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbids homosexuality.


  • Faiq Gul 2016-10-31 23:25:10
    this topic needs to be discussed further especially among the religious families and the religious authorities... it must be pain full loving God but also leaving him for sin... any sin. no cure cuz it's a disease only to which the cure is abstinence from such acts, situations. tough but remember only from avg man comes out a sage... through patience, and introspection. hold on tight... God never said... life will be easy. every man woman have their own shame.. some lie some cheat some steal... this is yours. so keep your word to God and be tough in your heart and cry of your pain to Him only. humans are mere humans... nothing great... God is GOD - The Greatest, The Benevolent, The MercyFull !
  • DCFunBud 2016-10-09 00:04:37
    I have seen this documentary many many times. I even owned a VHS tape of it once. This last viewing somehow was the most meaningful. I hope the seekers found happiness.
  • M Snsbsb 2016-04-07 08:32:17
    I am an Orthodox Jew I am also gay. I was outed at the age of 12 which completely crushed me. I didn't think that I could go on. My parents excepted me but wanted me to suppress my feelings. I went from being the happy popular girl with a lot of friends to having no one so fast. My teachers would make rude comments or flat out ignore me. I had 3 failed suicide attempts by the time I turned 14. After 7th grade I dropped out of school and took online classes instead. I became really depressed to the point where I didn't want to talk to anyone or eat anything. I wasn't sleeping at all and when I would I didn't want to wake up. My faith was almost nonexistent at this point and the thought of going to high school especially a Jewish one scared me. I didn't end up going I spent most of those four years high or drunk. I had too many girlfriends to even remember. I knew that wasn't what I wanted my life to be. I deserved more. I went from therapist to therapist and really worked on myself.
  • Ganymede1135 2016-02-29 00:17:11
    This documentary is very insightful and moving. After watching two documentaries on LGBT people in the Muslim world, it is interesting and at the same time heart-wrenching to see what LGBT Jewish people go through as well. Organized religions and other faiths worldwide need to understand the sexuality a person is born is not a choice. Some people are born straight and others LGBT- it s all biological. I really feel for people such as the interviewees in this program, who have to live in the closet, feel outcast and unable to be themselves because Orthodox Judaic laws are so strict. Just because someone is LGBT, does not mean they are all corrupt, inhuman or incapable of worshiping God. There are many LGBT people around the world who live as normal as a straight person would. All of God's children are beloved of him no matter who they are.

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