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Torah QueeriesWeekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible$
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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 New Rabbis

The New Rabbis

A Postscript

(p.311) The New Rabbis
Torah Queeries

Benay Lappe

NYU Press

This concluding chapter commends queers who interpreted the Torah with “bent lenses” and fought for LGBT rights. These queer Rabbis took their outsider insights—their sensitivity to those marginalized and oppressed by the Torah itself, their courage to stand up for them and mess with the Tradition to incorporate them—and declared their informed internal ethical impulse an authentic source of God's will. They deemed their ethics as a source of Jewish legal change, which is equally authoritative as a verse in the Torah itself—so much so that a law that these queers created out of svara has the same status as one that appears verbatim in the Torah.

Keywords:   Torah, LGBT rights, Rabbis, svara, God's will, bent lenses

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