Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Dvar Torah

This essay was originally published as part of the Torah Queeries project, an online archive of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion managed by Jewish Mosaic (now Keshet - the two organizations merged in July 2010). The book version of Torah Queeries is available from NYU Press
This Dvar Torah uses the themes of Aharei Mot and Kedoshim to reinforce the importance of gay and lesbian inclusion.
Our Jewish values compel us to address the mistreatment of LGBT youth.
This essay was originally published as part of the Torah Queeries project, an online archive of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion managed by Jewish Mosaic (now Keshet - the two organizations merged in July 2010). The book version of Torah Queeries is available from NYU Press.
This Dvar Torah highlights the important connection between names in the book of Shmot and the value of human dignity for all people.
This essay was originally published as part of the Torah Queeries project, an online archive of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion managed by Jewish Mosaic (now Keshet - the two organizations merged in July 2010). The book version of Torah Queeries is available from NYU Press
This essay was originally published as part of the Torah Queeries project, an online archive of commentaries on the weekly Torah portion managed by Jewish Mosaic (now Keshet - the two organizations merged in July 2010). The book version of Torah Queeries is available from NYU Press

Offline Source Sheet

Text Study created for Reform Jewish Voice of New York State's "And Justice for ALL" Shabbat, looking at parshat Vayeira and other Jewish sources on homosexuality.
Using small group work and class discussion, students will learn about basic community organizing principles and apply them to issues they want to address in their own lives.You may want to open with the “Leadership Shuffle” exercise at the beginning of this unit.
The Beit Midrash is designed to represent five different perspectives on how Judaism and Jewish communities understand homosexuality and the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews in the community. This activity gives participants the opportunity to examine texts from multiple Jewish sources that have been used to argue different perspectives on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender inclusion in Jewish community. Jewish text quotes are paired with quotes from educators and individuals from the film Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.
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