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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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HaNer Tamid, dos Pintele Yid v’ha Zohar Muzar: The Eternal Flame, the Jewish Spark, and the Flaming Queer

HaNer Tamid, dos Pintele Yid v’ha Zohar Muzar: The Eternal Flame, the Jewish Spark, and the Flaming Queer

Parashat Tsav (Leviticus 6:1–8:36)

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(p.129) Twenty-Five HaNer Tamid, dos Pintele Yid v’ha Zohar Muzar: The Eternal Flame, the Jewish Spark, and the Flaming Queer
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Torah Queeries
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Noach Dzmura

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0025

This chapter focuses on one of the symbols of Jewish Tradition the eternal flame, as discussed in the readings of Parashat Tsav of Leviticus. The symbol represents Jews' relationship to God, as well as Jews' relationships with neighboring cultures. The eternal flame helps Jews understand their role in manifesting and maintaining God's presence in their lives. It provides new insight into the meaning of the word eternal as “a well-tended relationship that changes and grows.” In relation to the issues of LGBT people, the story of the eternal flame tells how God became visible in hearts of deviant and pejorative people like them.

Keywords:   eternal flame, eternal, Parashat Tsav, Leviticus, LGBT people

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