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Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible Hardcover – October 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1St Edition edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814720129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814720127
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“This unique and lively work blends the traditional Jewish format of dividing Torah into weekly portions with specifically queer perspectives on them. Torah Queeries unveils a new queer Jewish way to understand this most sacred and central text that will surely stimulate and challenge the reader.”
-Rabbi Rebecca T. Alpert,author of Whose Torah? A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism

“Provides a challenge to readers and preachers who are single-mindedly devoted to the straight and narrow.”
-Daniel Boyarin,author of Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture

“Gives engaged, pertinent, GLBT-focused meaning to the Tanach. The analyses offered here work to break boundaries, queer-ing, celebrating, and re-creating our Jewish texts and traditions in meaningful ways. These acts of reading become the radical movement of making a space for GLBT Jews that is clever, humorous, loving, and thought-provoking.”
-Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum,Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, New York

“This book, an indispensable resource for all teachers and learners of Torah, in the best way possible makes queers of us all.”
-Jewish Currents


“Rabbi Joshua Lesser . . . believes it is time for LGBT people to move beyond simply defending their identities from biblically based attacks. As one of the three editors of Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, he hopes to push such discussions to a new, more complex level.”
-Southern Voice


About the Author

Gregg Drinkwater is Director for Special Projects at Keshet, an organization working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life.

Joshua Lesser is the rabbi of Bet Haverim in Atlanta, Georgia, and the founder of the Rainbow Center: A Jewish Response to LGBT people and their families.

David Shneer is director of the Program in Jewish Studies and associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Judith Plaskow is professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ProudOfOurPresident on March 11, 2010
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This is a fascinating approach to understanding yet further, the myriad of interpretations that evolve from Torah. Thoughtful, artful, and well-researched, also easily accessible for scholar and student. I highly recommend this for all interested in a new perspective from timeless text.
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By Wolfgang on November 15, 2013
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This book has been allowing me to connect to characters in the Torah like never before. It really has changed how I relate to G-d and my religion.
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