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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)

(p.202) Thirty-Eight Torah and Its Discontents
Torah Queeries

Jane Rachel Litman

NYU Press

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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