Rabbi Schoenfeld said this was a"wake-up call" for Jews and others who had faith in the traditional definition of marriage, that something was seriously askew today. With the striking down of DOMA, a 1996 law that prevented gay couples from receiving nearly 1,000 benefits even if the state they lived in recognized their marriage, shows that "the world is upside down," Rabbi Schoenfeld said. "It's hard to understand how intelligent people like judges could make such a decision. In a way, however, the decision was a reassuring one for Jews. "Our sages say that before the coming of the Messiah the world will see many strange things happening. Let us hope that this will be the final 'detour' off the path before the Messiah arrives."