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Pastoral Issues for Marriage and Premarital Counseling

Working with a couple towards their chuppah is an opportunity to celebrate their relationship and affirm their role as full members of their Jewish community and the Jewish world at large. This is our chance as rabbis to communicate how welcome the couple is and that it is possible for…

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Marriage Ritual

What are the components of a classical Jewish wedding ceremony and how do these components intersect with a same-sex marriage ritual? This piece aims to provide a framework for thinking about same-sex marriage rituals by laying out the legal components of the traditional wedding ceremony. The classical ritual will provide…

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Enlarging Sacred Space: Ka’dusha & Same-Sex Marriages

The attitude of the Jewish renewal community to same-sex relationships is rooted in our sense that holiness is not a closed and limited commodity. For the Torah teaches, “Make sacred space for me to dwell, and I will be with you” (Ex. 25:8). This verse appears in that part of…

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This Is How Trans Jews Survive

Dear Transgender Jew (or ally), As a trans Jew, myself, I have experienced some of the difficulties as well as moments of joy that come with existing in the intersection of transness and Jewishness. Yet, despite the growing breadth of literature on gay, lesbian, and other queer-identifying Jews, there’s still…

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Taking a Leap of Faith

As I completed grad school in 2011 with a Master of Social Work, I vividly remember my professors urging us to choose career paths where we could enact profound change within our own communities. Their words resonated deeply with me as a young Jewish woman. I wanted to apply my…

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The Hopefulness of Mourning LGBTQ Losses

The year was 1997. I was sitting on a purple futon next to my girlfriend surrounded by a circle of our friends, eating tabouli salad and messy crying.  I was 23 years old and we had just seen Ellen DeGeneres come out on national television as a lesbian. Even for…

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We Can’t Stop Fighting

Four years ago, I stood outside of Stonewall, the place where the movement for LGBTQ+ rights was ignited, and said to my best friend, “Promise me in fifty years, wherever we are, we’ll come back for the 100th anniversary.”  Growing up queer in New York, Greenwich Village was one of…

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