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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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Trance and Trans at Har Sinai

Trance and Trans at Har Sinai

Shavu’ot

Chapter:
(p.306) Sixty Trance and Trans at Har Sinai
Source:
Torah Queeries
Author(s):

Rachel Biale

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0060

This chapter presents one of the instructions in Matan Torah concerning purification before celebrating Shavu'ot, which prohibits men from going near a woman. These instructions apply equally to men and women, with no distinction drawn between them in receiving the revelation. In particular, the target audience in this command is clearly framed as men, who must not approach women. However, it does not mention any prohibitions about women approaching men—or other women. As such, this command is rife with homosexual and transgender possibilities. Also, some rabbis render this command as quintessentially homosexual, imagining a fusion between the male entities of God and the men of Israel.

Keywords:   Matan Torah, Shavu'ot, homosexual, transgender, revelation

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