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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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Going Ahead

Going Ahead

Parashat Matot (Numbers 30:2–32:42)

(p.220) Forty-Two Going Ahead
Torah Queeries

Lisa Edwards

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh in the readings of Parashat Matot of Numbers as vanguard troops, who go in front into the battles after the Israelites cross the Jordan. It argues that a person may find himself/herself leading a society towards a new and necessary direction because of his/her identity. For instance, learning and reviving Yiddish as a queer Jew may influence other people. A Jewish theater composed of queer performers may promote queer agenda. These examples imply that the queer Promised Land is Jewishness itself—an engagement with Jewishness that moves beyond convention.

Keywords:   Reubenites, Gadites, Manasseh, Parashat Matot, Numbers, queer performers, queer Promised Land, Jewishness

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