Confronting Generational Tensions to Build Our Badass Jewish Feminist Future

I am a feminist.  That means I try to promote women and access by women to great jobs, great education, and full liberty and equality in my faith and in civil society.  It doesn’t mean – I hate men.  I love men! I care about men. I want them to care about me too.  Feminism is a lens with which to view the world and throw off the oppressive stereotypes that still abound about the female gender.  This is a terrific article from Lillth Magazine and Erica Brody that I am glad to be quoted in.

 

 

Confronting Generational Tensions to Build Our Badass Jewish Feminist Future.

Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage | Nation | Jewish Journal

 

 

See mu we my comments on our big win at the Supreme Court  Amazing Love does win  and Justice too!

 

Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage | Nation | Jewish Journal.

What Does Judaism Say About LGBT People? | Advocate.com

Here is my interview in the Advocate.  Although they got some facts wrong.  My Ordination year is wrong—it is HUC-JIR 1988.  I came out publicly in 1988

 

 

 

What Does Judaism Say About LGBT People? | Advocate.com.

Lights in the Forest

Friends, I am so excited to announce the publication next week of the new book “Lights in the Forest” by CCARPress. Edited by Rabbi Paul Citrin, I have contributed to this important anthology which has several essays about theological and philosophical questions.  This time of year as we prepare for the Jewish High Holy Days we begin to ponder questions of life’s meaning and our role in the world.  This timely book offers much food for thought as we reflect on the world, humanity, good and evil, God, healing our world-Tikkun Olam, sin and repentance and renewal.  I hope you will consider ordering it.  

Here is a link to an interview the editor to whet your appetite!    

Jews of the Ukraine in the Cross Hairs

Dear Friends,

This is a post from the World Union of Progressive Judaism about the situation in Ukraine.  This morning another synagogue was vandalized.  It seems history is repeating itself.  Please read below and consider helping. 

Dear World Union Family:

 This morning, as our community members arrived at the synagogue center in Simferopol, they discovered anti semitic slogans stating “Death to the Jews” painted all over the doors of the synagogue, as well as damage to windows and other parts of the building.  

 

As the unrest in Ukraine unfolds, concerns for the safety and well being of our communities in the Ukraine is growing steadily, especially in the rural areas and Crimea.

 

As seen on the news, the Crimean peninsula is considered of strategic importance to Russia, and at the time of this newsflash it seems that Russian troops have occupied the main airports and centers of power in the capital and surroundings. This violent atmosphere has quickly given rise to harassment and attacks on our communities.

 Rabbi Michael Kapustin says:” The city is occupied by Russians. Apparently Russians intend to take over the Crimea and make it a part of Russia.  If this were the case I would leave the country. In this case I will leave this country since I want to live in democratic Ukraine. In the meanwhile, in spite of all  our hesitation,s my family has decided to stay. If anyone comes tonight I will be in the synagogue to light the candles. Wider Shabbat services will not take place due to security reasons.  

 According to Anatoly Gendin, chair of the community, “Clearly, it was important for the anti-Semites to commit this crime. Since the crisis began prices went up by 30%, pensions aren’t being paid.  As usual, Jews are blamed  reason of these disasters and Jews are held responsible. I am afraid to think how this will progress. “

  As the situation is unsafe, the community has instructed all members to stay indoors and stock up on food and supplies.

 The WUPJ has initiated an emergency campaign to support our communities through this crisis, and hope to provide  in hope to provide urgently needed security measures, supplies and equipment to the communities. If you are interested in joining this effort please click here http://www.wupj.org/Contribute/Giving.asp

 

We hope and pray that quiet will return soon to the streets of Ukraine, and as Shabbat settles in on the streets.

 Ose Shalom Bimromov – May the One who makes peace in the heavens, help bring peace here on earth, for all the Household of Israel and for all God’s creations.

 Shabbat Shalom

 Mike Grabiner, Chairman of World Union for Progressive Judaism

Anne Molloy, Chair of WUPJ FSU Committee

Alex Kagan, Director of WUPJ FSU Program

 UKRAINE  EMERGENCY RESPONSE FEBRUARY 28, 2014

 TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION, PLEASE GO TO:

http://www.wupj.org/Contribute/Giving.asp 

IF USING A CREDIT CARD, in box that says, “ENTER DESCRIPTION” Please indicate Ukraine APPEAL

 

FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CALL RABBI GARY BRETTON-GRANATOOR, 212-452-6531 or email gary@wupj.org

 

 

 

Bring out your Unconscious Desire

Omer blessing today for day 26 – it is a day of hod shebnetzach. Hod sits opposite Netzach on the Tree of Life. Both are the feet-bringing a person to action. Hod is also the place of where form is given language and Netzach is the place of our unconscious desire. Today is the day a day when Hod in Netzach is a day for us to try to reach into our unconscious desire and give it form and language. So be quiet. Meditate today. Let your deepest inner voices be heard. Set aside some time not just for counting but for letting your unconscious desires come forward.

Joint Statement in Response to Yehuda Levin on the Death of Leiby Kletzky.

The murder of Leiby Kletzky was a tragic event that has brought together people of all faiths and creeds in grief and heartache. Young Leiby’s death reminds us that consolation comes from all peoples, not just peoples of a particular stripe.

 

The disgusting attribution made by Yehuda Levin, that young Leiby’s death happened because of the recent acceptance of same sex marriage in the state of New York is a bastardization of Jewish law and a deep insensitivity to the family of this innocent and sweet child. Yehuda Levin’s public displays are an abomination.

 

Some in the Jewish faith might be opposed to marriage for gay men and lesbians while others celebrate this law as a watershed moment of our religious history . In essence, those differing views are the beauty of Judaism; different colors and voices that make the tapestry and harmony of the Jewish religion.

  As our Sages teach: “These and these are the voice of the Living God.” But, no one in our tradition can take any comfort in the senseless death of this young boy, regardless of his religion, background or orientation.

 

Our good senses might tell us to ignore such fringe behavior exemplified by Yehuda Levin. However, trivializing the murder of this boy undermines the very core principles that are undeniably part of our Jewish faith. For this reason, we cannot sit by silently while the props and garb of Judaism are being used in disguise to espouse un-Jewish behavior.

 

We condemn, without reservation, these deeply painful correlations of Leiby’s death. We offer our condolences to the Kletzky family. May Leiby Kletzky’s soul be bound in the bond of life. May his memory be a blessing.

 

Rabbi Denise 

 L. Eger

Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, CA

Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner

Temple Emanu-El, Closter NJ