RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

Meditations for the Month of Elul

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018

Meditations for the Month of Elul

Elul begins this year on the heels of the most tumultuous political year I have ever experienced in almost 60 years of life. Our sitting president puts out an average of 6.4 lies a day. ICE and our immigration policies are not merely cruel, they are torturing children and are impeding our economy from functioning to boot. Hate incidents have skyrocketed. In Portland alone, hate incidents...

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Portland’s UnShul 5779/2018 Days of Awe: Gestation of our Liberation

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018

Dear UnShul Members and Supporters: We are delighted to announce our High Holy Day Services! We will meet at the home of Rabbah D’vorah and can accommodate 60 souls. Given the interest we have already heard we want to urge you to register early to make sure you secure your spot. (Details below.) Join Portland’s UnShul, a lyrical, mystical, queer drenched, passionately activist, spiritually...

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Midrash on Parshat “Lech Lcha,” Breishit/Genesis 12:11-20

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Midrash on Parshat “Lech Lcha,” Breishit/Genesis 12:11-20

Shabbat MarCheshvan 8, 5778 (Torah Portion “GO to yourself!”) “Me too” whispered Sarai, hugging her knees to her chest, sitting in a fetal position. “Me too” said Sarai, standing up to speak. Because my weak and fearful husband thought he needed to whore me out to Pharaoh to save his own life, because my faithless husband did not believe the blessings of Yud He Vav He—because Avram did not...

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From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013

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...

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9-11 Shalom Alechem/Salaam Alekum

Posted by on Sep 11, 2011

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...

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Bisexuality. Tikkun Magazine

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010

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...

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