When I was ordained as a rabbi, I felt ignored and misunderstood as a gay man in the midst of the AIDS crisis. It took me 25 years to come home.
After losing many friends in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, I thought the deaths were over. Then this year I lost Kolya, an activist who’d become the face of HIV in Russia.
Resources and reading for the annual day of commemoration and education
For World AIDS Day, a doctor, her daughters, their late dad, and his work in Africa
I’d left Orthodoxy. But as I waited for HIV test results, I looked to God and the Talmud for comfort.