“Wrestling With God and Men” is the product of Rabbi Steven Greenberg’s 10-year struggle to reconcile his homosexuality with Orthodox Judaism. Employing traditional rabbinic resources, Greenberg presents readers with surprising biblical interpretations of the Creation story, the love of David and Jonathan, the destruction of Sodom and the condemning verses of Leviticus. But Greenberg goes beyond the question of whether homosexuality is biblically acceptable to ask how such relationships can be sacred. In so doing, he draws on a wide array of nonscriptural texts to introduce readers to occasions of same-sex love in Talmudic narratives, medieval Jewish poetry and prose, and traditional Jewish case law literature. Ultimately, Greenberg argues that Orthodox communities must open up debate, dialogue and discussion — precisely the foundation upon which Jewish law rests — to truly deal with the issue of homosexual love. This book will appeal to all people of faiths struggling to merge their belief in the scriptures with a desire to make their communities more open and accepting to gay and lesbian members. Buy the book.
‘Wrestling with God’ — Source Texts
A collection of more than 160 classical Jewish texts curated by Rabbi Steve Greenberg. These are the primary-source texts Rabbi Greenberg explored in-depth in his groundbreaking book. Here you can create customizable text-study and source sheets using the “Wrestling With God” texts for use in classrooms, synagogues and other educational venues. See the source texts.