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The Talmud in Yoma 72b, explains that it was done to teach an important lesson â€“ that our own inside should be just as pure as the outside â€“ in Hebrew, the term is “tocho k’varo.”
Before I conclude, I want to show you how accepting gays and lesbians as rabbis and Jewish leaders is an issue of “tocho k’varo” may seem like a relatively new issue but that actually the tensions at work are ancient.
Now, that’s the standard understanding of tocho k’varo.
We read that they immediately removed the guard who stood at the door and gave permission to all the students to enter the Bet Midrash; for Rabban Gamliel had proclaimed that any student who was not “tocho k’varo” could not enter the school.
But it will have a great effect on gays and lesbians being able to have tocho k’varo â€“ to be themselves â€“ inside and out.
You see, when Rabban Gamliel was in charge, there was a very strict admissions policy: any student wanting to come and learn in the beit midrash needed to have his inside be just like his outside — “Col talmid sh’ein tocho c’varo lo yicanes l’beit ha’midrash.”