Prominent Orthodox Israeli journalist Yair Cherki comes out as gay


A veteran Orthodox journalist on the country’s most-watched news network came out as gay on Tuesday. “I love men and I love God, and this is neither contradictory nor new,” wrote Channel 12’s Yair Cherki in a Facebook post that quickly garnered thousands of likes and shares. Cherki grew up in a national religious community in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Moshe neighborhood where his father, Ori, is a community rabbi in addition to being a lecturer at the prominent Machon Meir yeshiva. He served in the military as a religious affairs reporter for Army Radio and was hired to fill the same role for Channel 12 shortly after his discharge in 2014.

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