Author Archives: Rebecca Weiner

Rebecca Weiner

About Rebecca Weiner

Rebecca Weiner is the director of education at Temple Israel in Alameda. She has been a Jewish educator for the past 20 years. She has an MA in Drama Therapy, and when she is not ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people, she is a consultant and a curriculum writer, and pursues a variety of creative pursuits.

Parashat Korach: A Revolution with Boundaries

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 Torah Queeries online collection, which was inspired by the book Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible. This week, Rebecca Weiner considers the need for order and boundaries, even in the midst of a revolution.

Creative Common/chris.corwin

Creative Common/chris.corwin

Looking back on my childhood, I often feel like I emerged out of two totally different worlds. I grew up in the “free to be you and me,” question-authority, communal-living, people’s republic of Berkeley in the late 1970s. At the same time, my sister had become ba’alat teshuvah (a non-Orthodox Jew who adopts Orthodox standards of observance) after a rather powerful trip to Israel at the age of eighteen. So while my nine-year-old cohorts spent their weekends running around Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue with their hippie parents, I spent every Shabbat at the local Chabad synagogue (an international Orthodox/Hasidic outreach organization), living a “normal” Berkeley liberal Jewish life during the week, but becoming an observant girl over Shabbat. Continue reading

Posted on June 3, 2013

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