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From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews

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From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews

  From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews Rabbi Debra Kolodny   Torah’s declaration that we were created b’tzelem Elohim- in the image of G-d is a foundational text for human rights work. All of us, in our glorious diversity, were created intentionally in the image of the Holy Blessed One. Therefore, all must be accorded basic rights, respect and access to resources.   In and of itself this passage teaches that we must be kind, fair and honorable to everyone, whatever our skin color, national origin, religion,...

9-11 Shalom Alechem/Salaam Alekum

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9-11 Shalom Alechem/Salaam Alekum

  Shalom Alechem/Salaam Alekum Peace be upon you Rabbi Debra Kolodny   On September 11, 2011 I lived right outside of Washington DC near Takoma Park, Maryland. I was riding my bicycle that morning. At exactly the moment the first World Trade Center Tower was felled I took a spill on my bike. Nothing caused it. I just lost my balance and fell. I had raced in triathlons, ridden centuries (100 mile rides), regularly cycled for 18 years, and had never had an unprovoked spill. It was minor. I was not hurt. But when I found out about the Tower I...

Bisexuality. Tikkun Magazine

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Bisexuality. Tikkun Magazine

Bisexuality—Theology and Politics Printed in Tikkun Magazine, July/August 2010 by Deb Kolodny Regardless of the structure, rituals, and principles of our path, and whatever the Divine name to whom we offer our prayers, bisexual and transgender people of faith live consciously and continually in the place where the twain meet. Blessed with the capacity for our intimate relationships to transcend the socially constructed boundary of gender identity (masculine/feminine) as well as the biologically constructed boundary of sex (male/female),...

Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits, Kerem Magazine

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Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits, Kerem Magazine

Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peace Makers Debra R. Kolodny Published in Kerem Magazine, 2010   On Rosh HaShana, when we celebrate the birthday of the world, or at least the birthday of humanity, we read about the birth of a place, Beersheva. A place that was born out of a promise, an oath, a shevuah, between two noble and powerful men, Avimelech and Avraham, men who could have taken the path of mistrust, a path that often leads to conflict, perhaps even to war.   These gentlemen had a history. A history of deception,...