[As you know, Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who gives advice to people calling in to her show. Recently she said that as an Orthodox Jew, she is convinced that homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:12), and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. Following is an open letter penned to Dr. Laura by a US resident and posted on the Internet.]
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 that it is an abomination. End of debate!
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws of God and how to follow them.
When I burn a bull on the altar of sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor to the Lord (Leviticus 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. May I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this age and given the present market, what do you think might be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed to contact no woman while she is in her menstrual period (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is:how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
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 own Canadian slaves?
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?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is also an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this disagreement?
Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have defective eyesight. I have to admit that I do wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
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 they die?
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 promise to wear gloves?
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 to get the whole town together to stone them, as demanded in 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 matters extensively, so I am confident you can help me. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted listener, Jim