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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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Torah and Its Discontents

Torah and Its Discontents

Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1–18:32)

Chapter:
(p.202) Thirty-Eight Torah and Its Discontents
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Torah Queeries
Author(s):

Jane Rachel Litman

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0038

This chapter discusses Korach's confrontation with Moses in the readings of Parashat Korach of Numbers. Korach and his co-conspirators accused Moses of “[having] gone too far!” and raising himself above “Adonai's congregation.” Moses responded in kind, using similarly aggressive language: “The man who Adonai chooses, he is the holy one.” In this passage, Korach represented the LGBT people who are considered less violent and fair. In addition, he made a moral argument similar to that of queers: holiness resides in everyone. As such, the Talmud's message emphasizes ethical leadership and universal holiness. It asks the gay rights movement to think seriously about the depths of inclusion.

Keywords:   Parashat Korach, Numbers, Moses, Adonai, LGBT people

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