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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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The Parade of Families

The Parade of Families

Rosh Hashanah

(p.285) Fifty-Five The Parade of Families
Torah Queeries

Joshua Lesser

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the Rosh Hashanah's liturgy, “The First Family of Judaism,” in which Abraham, Sarah, and their child, Isaac, were introduced as an idealized Jewish family. There are two lessons take from this reading. It emphasized the humanity and complexity of the First Jewish Family, encouraging Jews to accept the complexities of their own families—and even the complexity of queer people. Second, it highlights the different ways that Abraham and Sarah attempt to create families rather than project a reading of normalcy that the text does not bear out. The texts encourage queers to promote education on alternative families, and to prepare for the ethical issues that arise.

Keywords:   Rosh Hashanah liturgy, First Family, Judaism, Abraham, Sarah, Jewish family

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