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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: 1.2 x 7 x 10 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: #1,389,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“The point of all these essays is to make us question ourselves and our assumptions and in this purpose, they succeed. . .these authors offer insights into the Torah text that can speak to everyone, regardless of their gender identity.”
-The Reporter


“The Rabbinic oft-name for Torah (Learning) is (Reading) which carries the root (call), thus seeding the scriputural charge, (interpret me). Sixty briskly written, argumentative, apologetic, slightly political commentaries successfully do so in the spirit of religious freedom and equalitarian (sic)tolerance.” -Choice,

“While the CJM invites artists to interpret the week’s Torah portions, Torah Queeries invites LGBT individuals and allies to do so. Both should be celebrated and embraced for their creativity, innovation, and depth.”

-Jewish News Weekly of Northern California,

Torah Queeries attempts to be a broader study of the Five Books of Moses, with discussion of every Torah portion, rather than just those that might be particularly difficult or inspiring to LGBT Jews.”

-Jewish Exponent,

“With Torah Queeries, no longer is the LGBT community an outsider in the Bible...[This volume is] a must for the Jewish bookshelf.”

-The Jerusalem Post


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
Format: Hardcover
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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