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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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Dor l’Dor

Dor l’Dor

Parashat Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52)

(p.271) Fifty-Three Dor l’Dor
Torah Queeries

Jhos Singer

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Parashat Ha'azinu of Deuteronomy, which recounts end of the Israelites' forty-year journey in the wilderness. The Israelites' escape from Egypt and their wandering in the desert resembles the first forty years of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) liberation. Like Moses, queers stood up in anger and passion to defy homophobia which “infected” them with depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse. These LGBTIQ people fought with the courage to stop queer oppression in hope that the advances in the social and political position of queers would led the next generation of LGBT people to recount the success of LGBTIQ liberation.

Keywords:   Parashat Ha'azinu, Deuteronomy, LGBTIQ liberation, LGBTIQ people, queer oppression

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