Putting the Jew Back in the Queer
By Helene Meyers for Tablet Magazine
Lillian Faderman’s new biography of Harvey Milk re-centers much of his activism on lessons he learned from his Jewishness
Harvey Milk, whose dramatic political career was cut tragically short by an assassin’s bullets, was born on May 22, 1930. Lillian Faderman’s new biography Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (a volume in Yale’s Jewish Lives series) is not a hagiography but nonetheless celebrates the complex gay man who didn’t get to see his 50th birthday, let alone his 88th. This elegantly written and well-researched book recovers the Jewishness that has too often been erased or glossed over in the mythologizing of a gay icon.
Gently breaking taboos, a settlement bloc moves gingerly toward LGBT acceptance
By JACOB MAGID, Times of Israel
In first gathering of its kind in a religious community on either side of Green Line, Efrat event takes unambiguous stance against notion that homosexuality is a matter of choice
Toward the beginning of the biblical book of Numbers, Moses is approached by a group of Israelites who had been unable to participate in the Passover sacrificial offering with the rest of the nation.
Lamenting their “impure” status after having come in contact with a dead body, they ask their leader, “Why should we be excluded?”