Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation (Paperback)

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By Rebecca T. Alpert (Editor), Sue Levi Elwell (Editor), Shirley Idelson (Editor)
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Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental change in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis reflect on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism's journey into an increasingly multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to become rabbis and describe their experiences both at seminaries and in their rabbinical positions. They also reflect on the dilemma whether to conceal or reveal their sexual identities to their congregants and superiors, or to serve specifically gay and lesbian congregations. The contributors consider the tensions between lesbian identity and Jewish identity, and inquire whether there are particularly "lesbian" readings of traditional texts. These essays also ask how the languge of Jewish tradition touches the lives of lesbians and how lesbianism challenges traditional notions of the Jewish family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813529165
ISBN-10: 0813529166
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2001
Pages: 272
Language: English