Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition (Between Men - Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies)
By: Rebecca T. Alpert (author)Hardback
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This text explores what it is like to be part of both the lesbian and Jewish communities, suggesting ways in which lesbians can reconcile these seemingly discordant elements of their identity. It advocates the acceptance of lesbians into the Jewish tradition by offering new interpretations of the Torah traditionally regarded as prohibitive of homosexuality. The book counters the millenia of "Midrashim" (scholarly comment on the Torah) condemning gays and lesbians, by examining the culture of biblical lawgivers and the culture of the commentators themselves. By examining passages from Scripture and by featuring texts that portray Jewish lesbians as role models in a new cultural canon, the author presents a case for the integration of the lesbian voice into Jewish experience.
Rebecca Alpert is assistant professor of religion and women's studies at Temple University and is a codirector of the Women's Studies Program. She is the coauthor ofExploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach.
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