19 10 2009

In the last 2 weeks, I’ve had a couple of guest posts published at much bigger blogs, so I thought I’d try to extend my 15 seconds of fame by telling all 3 of you loyal readers about them.

Both posts are about the National Equality March, and my take on it as a queer Jew.

Marching with the Torah, at Jewschool:

Our text teaches that Simchat Torah is an occasion when women are welcomed to carry the Torah even in some observant communities – a noteworthy difference between this day and the rest. But what of the genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and trans people within our communities? Can Simchat Torah be their day as well, or is it a day reserved for those of us who fit comfortably within traditional definitions of “man” and “woman”? These aren’t easy questions to face, for those of us for whom dignity and justice are everyday battles. The text in those scrolls both welcomes us, celebrates our efforts to live ethical Jewish lives, and also is too often used to remind us of our place – at the sidelines, or worse.

And also, at Bilerico, What I Learned from Isaiah, or: A Queer Jew Returns from DC:

I’ve been reminding myself, if I can learn from Isaiah’s mistakes, and make sure that fiery demonstrations and powerful words are backed up by authentic relationships and strategic plans – maybe we can take even greater strides toward our ideal world, toward justice. The march can be a tool we use in our work at home.

Enjoy! And feel free to leave me some love in the comments section, too. 🙂