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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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The Ritual of Storytelling

The Ritual of Storytelling

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1–13:16)

(p.85) Fifteen The Ritual of Storytelling
Torah Queeries

Jason Gary Klein

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the readings of Parashat Bo in Exodus, in which God commands the Israelites to tell their children how the Lord delivered them from the oppression of Egyptians. This command was concretized by symbolic foods and rituals, and has become the central part of the observance of Passover throughout time. Similarly, the command admonishes queer people to retell the story of their coming out. Doing so may bring them humility and gratitude for having liberated themselves. In addition, sharing one's testimony as well as listening to the stories of others enables LGBT people to share their personal challenges while empathizing to others' problems.

Keywords:   Parashat Bo, God, Egyptians, symbolic foods, rituals, Passover, queer people, LGBT people

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