Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

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Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental change in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis reflect on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism's journey into an increasingly multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to become rabbis and describe their experiences both at seminaries and in their rabbinical positions. They also reflect on the dilemma whether to conceal or reveal their sexual identities to their congregants and superiors, or to serve specifically gay and lesbian congregations. The contributors consider the tensions between lesbian identity and Jewish identity, and inquire whether there are particularly "lesbian" readings of traditional texts. These essays also ask how the languge of Jewish tradition touches the lives of lesbians and how lesbianism challenges traditional notions of the Jewish family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813529165
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Struggle, Change, and Celebration: My Life as a Lesbian Rabbi 39
Ch. 2 A Practical Theology of Presence 50
Ch. 3 Working from the Inside, Out 57
Ch. 4 Wholeness and Holiness: A Life's Journey 66
Ch. 5 Being a Lesbian Rabbi 75
Ch. 6 Ten Years on the Journey toward Wholeness 93
Ch. 7 Carrying On: A Lesbian Rabbi, Jewish Seekers, and All the Voices of Our Lives 106
Ch. 8 Shlichut: Claiming My Mission 116
Ch. 9 Ger V'toshav: Member and Outsider 131
Ch. 10 Gay and Lesbian Synagogue as Spiritual Community 141
Ch. 11 Why I Choose to be a Rabbi of a GLBT Synagogue 152
Ch. 12 Ten Years and Counting ... 161
Ch. 13 On Being a Rabbi at the Margins 173
Ch. 14 My Piece of Truth 181
Ch. 15 My Language Is My Country 190
Ch. 16 Saying No in the Name of a Higher Yes 197
Ch. 17 Notes from the Underground 217
Ch. 18 In Hiding 226
Glossary 235
About the Contributors 243
Index 247
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