Hineini is a new four-part seminar series offered by GLOE - The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC (with support from Adas Israel Congregation) that will examine what it means to be both Jewish and LGBTQ today. Together with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, we’ll dive deep into our Judaism to discover how we can become empowered, knowledgeable, and engaged members and leaders of the Jewish community with pride.
Session 1 | LGBTQ Jewish Insight: Exploring the Talmud as One of the Queerest Documents in History
If you want to really understand Judaism, and what it means to be Jewish, you have to study Talmud. The Talmud is the sine qua non
of Jewish thought, and of the Jewish way of questioning and evaluating
the world. What many don’t realize is how queer the Talmud is! By queer,
we mean not only a willingness to confront sexuality, but also the
courage to look at the world not as insiders and power-players, but as
outsiders whose very existence challenges the conventional order of
things. In this seminar, we will study original Talmudic texts (in
translation). We will also explore how we in the LGBTQ community can
appreciate dimensions of Talmud — and Judaism itself — in ways that few
others do. And with our quintessentially Jewish-Queer insight, we can
change the Jewish world for the better.
This program is open to all people, LGBTQ and allies – Jewish and non-Jewish. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish texts is required. (For accessibility/accommodation requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)