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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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Ruach Acheret—Ruach Hakodesh/Different Spirit—Sacred Spirit

Ruach Acheret—Ruach Hakodesh/Different Spirit—Sacred Spirit

Parashat Shelach (Numbers 13:1–15:41)

(p.199) Thirty-Seven Ruach Acheret—Ruach Hakodesh/Different Spirit—Sacred Spirit
Torah Queeries

Camille Shira Angel

NYU Press

This chapter presents the account of twelve scouts—one man from each Israelite ancestral tribe—who were commanded to survey the land of Canaan. The scouts returned to the Israelite camp enraptured by the beauty of land, saying “it does indeed flow with milk and honey,” however, they were also terrified by the giant settlers of the land—the Anakites. Even as God had promised the Israelites that they shall overcome the Anakites, the spies succumb to doubts and refused to fight. The contrast between the giants and the spies represents the duality between the Normative versus the Other. Specifically, the act of coming out and living as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender can be likened to a territorial battle for autonomy and self-definition against dominant culture—the gigantic power and privilege of mainstream thinking.

Keywords:   Canaan, Anakites, Normative, Other, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender

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