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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Uncircumcized Lips

Uncircumcized Lips

Parashat Vaeira (Exodus 6:2–9:35)

(p.80) Fourteen Uncircumcized Lips
Torah Queeries

Jhos Singer

NYU Press

This chapter narrates God's appointment of Moses as the leader who will lead the Israelites out of Egypt. The story details Moses' hesitation to accept the responsibility, arguing that he is too timid and has an “uncircumcised lips.” The chapter contextualizes this story, with the LGBT peoples' coming out, stating that such an act is a lifelong process. Queer people are sexualized and constrained when they discover their true nature. This moment of self-realization forever changes their interaction with the world. They will fall in love and begin to live the truth of their gender, and in doing so they will eventually stepped off the established path of gender and affection norms, and will begin to walk on their own appointed path.

Keywords:   Moses, Egypt, LGBT peoples, Queer people, gender, uncircumcised lips, affection norm

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