The ‘queering of Leviticus,’ or how a rabbi permits gay sex


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The national LGBTQI group Nehirim is hosting a three-day conference in San Francisco on how to ‘queer the text’

ed note–I am not posting this here to focus on the involvement of organized Jewish interests in promoting the unnatural and abberent practice of homosexuality, but rather as a model for understanding how this same procedure is applied ACROSS ALL SPECTRUMS. Whether it is normal relations between men and women, abortion, pedophilia, pornography, theft, usury, lying, murder, political/social corruption, etc, etc, etc, the list goes on ad infinitum, the same model of ‘explaining’ (known as ‘hasbara’) why 2+2 equals 5 is applied.

And the most important thing to note about this, is that it has ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY WITH THEM. It is not a ‘Talmud’ thing. Jesus referenced it Himself when He said that they ‘render the law of God to no effect’ as well as many other condemnations.

Judaism–whether it is religious, non-religious, secular, cultural or otherwise, is about tribal conquest of other peoples. When their religion assists in this operation, it is used. When it hinders it, it is ‘queered’ so as to make it cooperative.

Until the civilized world comes to grips with the fact that Judaism is/was/and always will be a toxic force on human existence, we will constantly hover on the precipice of total destruction.

Times of Israel

That whole thing about Leviticus clearly forbidding sexual relations between two men? Open to interpretation.

At least that’s what Oregon-based Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Executive Director of Nehirim, the national LGBTQI group, says, based on the idea of “queering the text.”

“Queering the text,” Kolodny says, “looks for the chidush [a new idea or way of understanding a text], the innovation, the insight that’s never been imagined before because the lens we’re looking for today never existed before.”

Kolodny says contemporary liberal Judaism is at an historical moment in which it can combine its knowledge of history, sociology and sexuality to thousands of years of Jewish tradition to reveal “something that couldn’t be revealed even 20 years ago because we didn’t have the experience under our belt.”

“Queering the text” refers to any number of paths for looking at scripture and is “the lens through which we look at our text,” says Kolodny.

She cites Leviticus: “A man should not lie with a man.”

“How are we to be in relationships with these texts that are difficult?” asks Kolodny. “In that way queer theology is no different than any other way of looking at the text. That’s what Jews do.”

An example of “queering” is in how Leviticus, the text authoritatively cited when discussing traditional Judaism’s prohibition against homosexual relations between men, can be reexamined.

Kolodny describes one way in which the text can be seen through a chidush in which the text would not forbid homosexual relations or unions.

First, she explains, the Hebrew word “toevah,” used in Leviticus, has been mistranslated as “abomination.”

Rather than abomination, she says, “It’s a ritual practice prohibited to a people. It comes up when Joseph’s brothers come up and the Egyptians won’t eat because the food is toevah to the Egyptians.”

Leviticus, she says, is merely describing a pagan ritual practice prohibited to Jews.

“In those days there were pagan cults who did fertility rite that were prohibited: a fertility rite that involves two men having sex with each other.”

So today, she explains, if someone asks if it’s ok for two men to engage in homosexual relations, as a rabbi she responds, “Are you engaging with pagan ritual? If not, it’s not prohibited — the Torah doesn’t speak to it.”

On December 5-7, queer Jewish history, tradition and ritual will be extensively explored as over 60 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rabbis, cantors and students gather in San Francisco for the first Nehirim LGBTQI Jewish clergy retreat. (the “I” is a recent addition to the “LGBTQ” acronym, and stands for intersex, the term used to describe those formerly referred to as hermaphroditic).

The three-day event will be the largest gathering of its kind to date. Participants will study queer theology, celebrate LGBTQI Jewish life and create new rituals for the Jewish LGBTQI community.

‘We have come to a point where people are accepting of sexual orientation and diversity and we have become part of the mainstream of the Jewish world’

The retreat, Kolodny says, is “not a moment when people are meekly coming out of the closet. We have come to a point where people are accepting of sexual orientation and diversity and we have become part of the mainstream of the Jewish world.”

The group’s San Francisco conference will focus on historical, theological and traditional aspects of queer Jewish life and explore how “queer theology” can be used to assist LGBTQI Jews in their ritualistic and traditional lives.

Participants will examine from a historical perspective “where we’ve come, where are we going,” she says, noting that once-hidden communities are now creating new and unique rituals for marriages, bar mitzvahs and other Jewish occasions. Attendees will also explore theology, including Midrash, Talmud, scripture and Kabbalah.

“That is one portion of the conference where queer theology will be front and center,” she adds.

Nehirim stated goals include providing “vibrant, pluralistic, egalitarian and accessible programming that cultivates and empowers LGBTQI Jewish souls.” It also aims to create a supportive network and hopes to “impassion” participants.

“Queer is contextual,” she says. “It’s an umbrella term that means pretty much everybody that isn’t heterosexual or anyone that isn’t cisgender – born into a gender that feels right as opposed to feeling some disconnection.”

Creating new rituals and traditions and understanding Jewish texts in a way that allows the queer community to live full Jewish lives is a primary goal of the conference.

The conference will explore topics including: What rituals have people created for same-sex marriage or a bar/bat mitzvah where both parents are of the same gender, or how do you sensitively and appropriately handle the mikveh (ritual bath) for the conversion for a transgender person. There will be panels on topics such as theology, ritual and liturgy and pastoral care, followed by cooperative learning workshops.

‘What I do is open spaces people never before knew are there’

“It will be a mix of sharing and creating new forms, so we can learn from one another and explore the ways we are all taking leadership to the Jewish world,” says Kolodny.

Cantor Jalda Rebling, spiritual leader of Berlin’s Ohel HaChidush congregation, has assisted in creating and overseeing rituals for LGBTQI services.

“I helped the different families and people create (the rituals). What we do is have a deep conversation about why people want a Jewish ritual, what do they expect from it and then the ritual creates itself.

“What I do is open spaces people never before knew are there. The first LGBTQI ritual I created in 2007 was during Sukkot so we created a Sukkah as the first house for a married LGBTQI couple.”

As more LGBTQI Jews are married, “queering the text” also requires the creation of texts for divorce.

Kolodny provides the example of a get (Jewish divorce) for a lesbian couple and a Passover “Supreme Court Seder” that celebrates the emancipation of American slaves, gay rights and Jewish freedom, both created by Rabbi Margaret Moes Wenig of Hebrew Union College, as new rituals that are consistent with Jewish thought.

The international fight for LGBTQI rights

In Germany, as in the United States, LGBTQI clergy not only create rituals and work within queer theology, but fight for LGBTQI rights as well.

Nehirim has partnered with organizations in pursuit of equal marriage legislation in the United States. German LGBTQI clergy fight for the legalization of same-sex marriage as well.

“Here in Germany,” Rebling said, “we have had a long fight for equal rights behind us and we are still not where we want to be. It was my generation that has had to be very creative with the help of creative lawyers to make daily life as normal as possible. It was a long way. Legally a same-sex marriage is still not totally equal. But step-by-step we are getting there.”

‘To be here in Europe as a renewal Jewish clergy is a very lonely place’

Regarding Nehirim’s upcoming conference, Rebling had praise and enthusiasm.

“I am excited. To be here in Europe as a renewal Jewish clergy is a very lonely place. Thanks to the ALEPH network [the Alliance for Jewish Renewal] we have become more in numbers. I could never do the pioneering work I do here without the strong ALEPH and OHALAH [The Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal] network in this world,” says Rebling.

“And thanks to modern electronic media I am closely connected to my chevre [Hebrew for friends] with questions and all the little steps we do here to make our world a better place for every single Jew in all our diversity,” says Rebling.

And that’s exactly what Nehirim is hoping for.

“Our goal is to support the total integration and empowerment of LGBTQI Jews, enriching klal Yisrael and all of our lives in the process,” says Kolodny

  1. #1 by paschnn on 12/04/2014 - 9:34

    I think I’m going to be ill…

  2. #2 by tonyfromindiana on 12/04/2014 - 9:34

    “Judaism–whether it is religious, non-religious, secular, cultural or otherwise, is about tribal conquest of other peoples. When their religion assists in this operation, it is used. When it hinders it, it is ‘queered’ so as to make it cooperative.”

    So true!!

  3. #3 by NLG on 12/05/2014 - 9:34

    They hate God and worship themselves, with every atom of their being. May God destroy them.

  4. #4 by organizedcrimedotgov on 12/05/2014 - 9:34

    That whole thing about Leviticus clearly forbidding sexual relations between two men? Open to interpretation.

    Like that old canard, 2 jews with 3 opinions. They celebrate this imbecilic mentality of stretching relativity beyond the breaking point.

    Absolutely true… except even with 3 opinions, 2 jews will still follow the evil desires in their wretched hearts. I’ve lost count of the number of jews who love to claim being “anti-zionist”, pretending to be on the right side of humanity, and find ever new and “clever” ways to support israel’s existence… To call them utter morons is an insult to morons. An anesthetized patient has more awareness than a jew.

    Kolodny says contemporary liberal Judaism is at an historical moment in which it can combine its knowledge of history, sociology and sexuality to thousands of years of Jewish tradition to reveal “something that couldn’t be revealed even 20 years ago because we didn’t have the experience under our belt.”

    No, you’ve been doing this same satanic foxtrot for many millennia, you’re just too dim-witted and sick in your soul to have noticed. The old joke about the Greeks having invented it… guess which group of people wound up on their shores and led that society to its downfall? Suddenly, through this “new lens” history makes a lot more sense.

    There’s also the opposite behavior… which you can see in the insane jumping through hoops “laws” of the orthodox. Being so literal and so exacting that defies belief. Some of the more absurd ones involve the sabbath… like concocting rube goldberg-like devices to turn on a light switch or allowing someone to be robbed/killed in front of you but neglecting to help because it violates some incredibly illogical and immoral jewish man-made law. So what do the “smarter jews” do? They pretend those laws don’t exist or are deprecated and still claim judaism is a holy religion.

    I’d rather not call these creatures insane for it does a grave disservice to insane people. I’ve known the insane to be significantly more compassionate, helpful, caring, wise and more human than the best of the jews.

    She cites Leviticus: “A man should not lie with a man.”

    As I was reading this, I could swear that the next sentence would imply that the way jews would get around this would be by remaining standing up…

    “How are we to be in relationships with these texts that are difficult?” asks Kolodny. “In that way queer theology is no different than any other way of looking at the text. That’s what Jews do.

    Yes we know that’s what you do… that’s why God threw you out, you worthless brain-dead, soul-sick hellspawn.

    So today, she explains, if someone asks if it’s ok for two men to engage in homosexual relations, as a rabbi she responds, “Are you engaging with pagan ritual? If not, it’s not prohibited — the Torah doesn’t speak to it.”

    Simply unbelievable… Even a child wouldn’t reason this way… yet this is THE FOUNDATION for jewish logic and reasoning. They twist reality in order to fulfill the lusts in their hearts.

    On December 5-7, queer Jewish history, tradition and ritual will be extensively explored as over 60 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rabbis, cantors and students gather in San Francisco for the first Nehirim LGBTQI Jewish clergy retreat. (the “I” is a recent addition to the “LGBTQ” acronym, and stands for intersex, the term used to describe those formerly referred to as hermaphroditic).

    But what about the “homosexuals”? They always neglect to mention the homosexuals. Those poor souls are always being left out… 😉

    The retreat, Kolodny says, is “not a moment when people are meekly coming out of the closet. We have come to a point where people are accepting of sexual orientation and diversity and we have become part of the mainstream of the Jewish world.”

    People are accepting of it now? Oh my! How ever could that have happened?! I can’t imagine who or what could be behind it… it’s so perplexing.

    Creating new rituals and traditions and understanding Jewish texts in a way that allows the queer community to live full Jewish lives is a primary goal of the conference.

    This is a very truthful statement… Just as they consider jewish lives to have value and Gentile ones not, they would rather have anything jewish than a non-jew. Any abomination is kosher as long as it’s not Gentile.

    “And thanks to modern electronic media I am closely connected to my chevre [Hebrew for friends] with questions and all the little steps we do here to make our world a better place for every single Jew in all our diversity,” says Rebling.

    Yep, you selfish sons of bitches are ALL ABOUT THE TRIBE. We get it. That’s why you’ve turned our beautiful world into a toilet.

    May you get the rewards you have worked so hard to earn.

  5. #5 by NativeAgainstIsrael on 12/05/2014 - 9:34

    *gag*

  6. #6 by nooralhaqiqa on 12/05/2014 - 9:34

    How does the effing Talmud explain this? She is a he and he is a she. You know these rabbis will find a way…. it is all about twisting texts and corrupting the meanings of words. In other words, legal mumbo jumbo. Modern interpretation according to agenda.

    This list of what was once just GLB is now 6 words long (sorry but we don’t care about your sexual identification. Get off your ego trip.) and you will be called an anti semite if you get one of them wrong.

  7. #7 by nooralhaqiqa on 12/05/2014 - 9:34

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/religion/article/gay_rabbis_getting_married_and_marrying_20080617/

    I looked over this journal. They cannot support the abomination enough.

    And God created gays: The first openly gay Orthodox rabbi talks about coming out, pain, and parenthood
    http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/and-god-created-gays-the-first-openly-gay-orthodox-rabbi-talks-about-coming-out-pain-and-parenthood.premium-1.526858

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record. They will not stop until we do it.

  8. #8 by Pissedoffalese on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    This MAN squirted a CHILD out of his PENIS? Shoot me now.

  9. #9 by Pissedoffalese on 04/02/2017 - 9:34

    Okay, so a woman decides she’s a man (presumably because she don’t like men or isn’t attracted to women), gets a dick, and suddenly they’s (how do you use the new pronouns, anyway) attracted to MEN–wouldn’t she/they have been prior, a LESBIAN), which makes them GAY, so gets married to a gay MAN, reverts back to female and has his baby. The mind boggles. I asked my son today, he interacts with normal people, “Is this NORMAL????” He reckons it ain’t, and we live up north in Washington, right next to Canada, and he says NO ONE BELIEVES this even though the pussy-hatted freaks are everywhere here. I’m kinda confused. Hey, if I was angling that way I’d either be a queer or lesbian, but why waste your time whacking off–or extending–your bits? Jeez, they coulda just married the guy to start out with! Maybe theys just wanted the publicity. Hey, what’s the plural of “they”? Theys? Just trying to do the right thing, here, although I feel the urge to purge. I can’t even wrap my mind around this scenario so that it makes any sense. Confobulated, entirely.

  10. #10 by paschnn1 on 04/03/2017 - 9:34

    You might want to read the “companion” to the vile Talmud, “The protocols of the learned elders of Zion”. These world-killing snakes broadcast WHY they embrace sexual deviants. It’s certainly NOT out of love, but a covert op to cause dissension among the “targeted” host nation. the synagogue actually has banned various homosexual rights in occupied Palestine, which, Ironically is, (according to the writhing mass of dual citizen porcine dogs here), touted as being Sewer Nation’s democratic ally – (We do NOT have an alliance treaty with the scum and they are NOT democratic), fortunately for them as concerns Sewer Nation, the culture within same are thisclose to being completely mindless, Mercury amalgams? – Mercury Aluminum laced vaccines? – Fluoride? Glyphosates/GMO? – Chem-trails? They have our Judas Class convinced their global genocide is for “green” which is, of course, as much horseshit as their holocaust cash cow. It’s to continue culling the Goyim, period.

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