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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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Embodied Jews

Embodied Jews

Parashat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20)

(p.263) Fifty-One Embodied Jews
Torah Queeries

Sue Levi Elwell

NYU Press

This chapter provides a queerly interpretation of Parashat Nitzavim of Deuteronomy. The text notes that “concealed acts concern our God, but with overt acts, it is for us and our children ever to apply all the provisions of this Teaching.” This verse is particularly challenging to LGBT people—who live “in the shadows, on the margins, and in secret, concealed”—knowing that God understands “hidden and revealed things” of their life. In addition, the passage commands that everyone should teach their children about God. Similarly, LGBT people should take care of the next generation of queers. By doing so, they become part of God's covenantal community.

Keywords:   Parashat Nitzavim, Deuteronomy, LGBT people, queers, covenantal community

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