Author Archives: Mijael Vera

Mijael Vera

About Mijael Vera

Mijael Vera, from Santiago, Chile, is graduate of psychology at the Complutense University in Madrid and works as a corporate image consultant. He studied at Or Sameach Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He has long dedicated himself to the investigation of signs in the Torah and in the Talmud that sustain his hypothesis of a halacha that is fully inclusive of the religious rights of queer people.

Joseph: Liberation of a Soul

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, Mijael Vera considers what the Torah’s careful documentation of Joseph’s unusual wardrobe might reveal.

Parashat Vayigash. Creative Common/Heather Quintal

Creative Common/Heather Quintal

In this week’s portion, we return once again to the story of Joseph – a story in which the connecting thread shows that whatever is normally deemed absurd comes to happen and in which literal and symbolic boundaries are repeatedly crossed. The servant (Joseph) becomes master, and the master (Pharoah) bows down to the servant. But it is in the psychological realm that boundary-crossing is most significant, for it is through a deep psychological analysis of Joseph that we come to truly understand him. Continue reading

Posted on December 17, 2012

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