Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice
to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as
an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according
to the Old Testament, Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under
The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident,
which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I
have learnt a great deal from your show, and try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When somone tries to defend
the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that
Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other
specific laws and how to follow them.
1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing smell for the Lord - Leviticus 1:9. The problem is my
neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in
Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what to you think would be a fair
price for her?
3. I know that I am not allowed to have contact with a woman while
she is in her period of menstrual cleanliness - Leviticus 15:19-24.
The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women
4. 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 Canadians?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
35:2 clearly states she should be put to death. Am I morally
obligated to kill her myself?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination - Leviticus 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
homosexuallity. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
7. Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God
if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading
glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle
8. Most of my male friends get their hair cut, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by the
bible, in Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?
9. 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 wear gloves?
10. 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 mad of two different kinds of thread (cotton and polyester
blend). He also tends to curse a lot. Is it really necessary that we
go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone
them? - 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 things extensively, so I am confident
you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is
eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted fan, Jim