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Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer


In the Jewish tradition, reading of the Torah follows a calendar cycle, with a specific portion assigned each week. These weekly portions, read aloud in synagogues around the world, have been subject to interpretation and commentary for centuries. Following on this ancient tradition, the book brings together some of the world's leading rabbis, scholars, and writers to interpret the Torah through a “bent lens.” With commentaries on the fifty-four weekly Torah portions and six major Jewish holidays, the book opens up stimulating new insights and highlights previously neglected perspectives. It u ... More

Keywords: Jewish tradition, Torah, contemporary American Judaism, sexuality, identity, gender, LGBT life, queerness, Jewishness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregg Drinkwater, editor

Joshua Lesser, editor

David Shneer, editor

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Front Matter


David Shneer

Part I Bereshit: The Book of Genesis

Three Going to and Becoming Ourselves

Caryn Aviv and Karen Erlichman

Eight Biblical Sex

David Brodsky

Part II Shemot: The Book of Exodus

Twenty When the Fabulous Is Holy

Marla Brettschneider

Twenty–One Mounting Sinai

Amichai Lau-Lavie

Twenty-Three A Knack for Design

Lisa Edwards and Laurence Edwards

Part III Vayikra: The Book of Leviticus

Twenty-Four Bodily Perfection in the Sanctuary

Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert

Part IV Bemidbar: The Book of Numbers

Forty-Two Going Ahead

Lisa Edwards

Part V Devarim: The Book of Deuteronomy

Forty-Six Bind These Words

Ari Lev Fornari

Forty-Seven Neither Adding nor Taking Away

Gregg Drinkwater AND David Shneer

Forty-Nine To Wear Is Human, to Live—Divine

Elliot Kukla and Reuben Zellman

Fifty In a New Country

Shirley Idelson

Fifty-One Embodied Jews

Sue Levi Elwell

Part VI Holiday Portions

Fifty-Six What Is Atonement?

David Greenstein

The New Rabbis

Benay Lappe

End Matter