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Kerrick Lucker

About Kerrick Lucker

Since working at Chochmat HaLev, Kerrick Lucker earned a Master of Arts in Museum Education from John F. Kennedy University in 2008. He has been driven to apply his background in creating and supporting effective educational experiences to some of the world’s most pressing ecological and cultural problems. He has worked on projects for the Museum of the African Diaspora and the GLBT Historical Society, among others. Presently he works as an Interpretive Naturalist with the Aquarium of the Bay.

Parashat Mishpatim: Revolution is the Easy Part

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. Each week we will bring you regular essays examining these portions from a queer perspective, drawn from the book Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible and the Torah Queeries online collection. This week, Kerrick Lucker discusses how LGBT Jews can examine their own behavior, and learn to treat one another more justly.

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It’s one thing to break down barriers of oppression. It’s quite another to build up a community of shared liberation. This is what Moses and the People of Israel are learning in this week’s Torah portion, parashat Mishpatim.

A shared sense of community sometimes arises naturally out of shared oppression, but when liberation happens – and we start to experience the brisk wind of real freedom – that sense of community often quickly dissolves. Freedom is hard work. Self-governance is hardest of all. People under the yoke of oppression seldom think about this in the face of all of freedom’s obvious benefits, but oddly enough, once you’re out in the desert and having to find your own food and make your own laws and mediate your own conflicts, there can be a strange yearning for the old days in mitzrayim, the narrow place. Continue reading

Posted on February 4, 2013

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