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TWICE BLESSED Paperback – April 2, 1991

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In Twice Blessed, Christie Balka and Andy Rose have assembled a brave, eclectic mix of contributors, including Rebecca Alpert (Like Bread on the Seder Plate) and Evelyn Torton Beck (Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology), who write with authority, wit, and candor as they negotiate the gap between religious observance and sexual independence. The essays address everything from growing up in a yeshiva to finding a new Judaism-based theology of gay sexuality, from the search for Jewish gay role models to Jewish marital commitment ceremonies. This is a necessary book, not only for Jews who live their sexuality in silence, or gays and lesbians who long to reclaim their Jewish upbringing, but for family members, lovers, and friends of those who struggle to unite both worlds and to discover "the blessing of affirming both our Jewish and our lesbian and gay identities, and to living our lives based on the wisdom of two cultures." --Kera Bolonik

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These essays, exploring the often unacknowledged homosexual element in the Jewish community, include a rabbi's description of her experience as a lesbian mother and notes on the founding of gay and lesbian synagogues. According to PW , "The 24 contributors to this landmark anthology seek ways to combine gay pride with active participation in Judaism."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080707909X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079096
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book. I received it as a gift from my jewish best-friend. You see I am a convert and I am still learning all about Judaism even 9 years later (my conversion that is). After reading this book I was never so proud to be a GAY JEW. I reccomend this book very highly!
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Some of the information in this book may be old, but it is still a worthwhile read. It is interesting to see how attitudes towards gay Jews stood 16 years ago, even if some of the facts aren't true anymore (though they might still hold true--I honestly don't know), and to see what gay Jews did to try to make themselves accepted members of the world community and the Jewish community specifically up until 1989. Also, the rather inspiring personal stories told in this book never expire.
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This was a key book for me when growing up as a gay teen. It's message is directed towards Jewish youth, but equally good material for any LGBTQ person wrestling with religious beliefs and their sexuality.
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