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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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In a New Country

In a New Country

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8)

Chapter:
(p.259) Fifty In a New Country
Source:
Torah Queeries
Author(s):

Shirley Idelson

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0050

This chapter presents a reading of Parashat Ki Tavo of Deuteronomy commanding Israelites to bring first fruits and tithes upon entering the Promise Land. Text teaches that comfort and access is followed by obligations. Similarly, the LGBT community must accept certain responsibilities “upon entering” their “promised land”—a place where they are accepted regardless of their identity. By being responsible, they will build a philanthropic model based on a shared value system and cultivate a sense of humility. Such an endeavor would require queers to articulate political and philanthropic agendas for education, family, and children's services, elderlies, and aid to the poor—both within and extending beyond the LGBT community.

Keywords:   Parashat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy, Promised Land, shared value system, LGBT community, first fruits, tithes

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