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10/15 – Embodied Holiness: Asher Yatzar as Queer Ritual for LGBTQ Jews Ages 18-24

October 15, 2020

8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific


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Bennett Decker sitting at a desk with an open book

Join LGBTQ Jews ages 18-24 from all over North America for a workshop on Jewish ritual and queerness! We will investigate the construction of one of the most embodied pieces of liturgy in our tradition: the blessing for using the bathroom, “Asher Yatzar.” What can this text and others like it teach us about our relationships with our bodies as queer people?  Is there a textual link between using the bathroom and sex? And do our intestines and cavities have Torah to teach us? (pshhh of course they do!) All and more will be discussed!

Bennett Decker is a recent graduate of the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he studied Political Science and Talmud.  He is currently a member of the programming team at T’ruah, combining his twin loves of Torah and left-wing activism.  He worked previously for a number of political campaigns and political interest groups, and has previously learned at Yeshivat Hadar, the Hartman Institute, and the Conservative Yeshiva. In his free time, Bennett enjoys discovering new queer fiction to fall in love with, a spirited hevruta, or agonizing over his soccer club, Tottenham Hotspur.  He is proud to be both a staff member for Keshet Teen Shabbatonim and a board member of Keshet.  Bennett can be found on Instagram and twitter @benditlikedecker18

This program is for LGBTQ Jews ages 18-24.