An Unrecognizable Jewish Future: A Queer Talmudic Take

When the master narratives that guide our lives inevitably crash, how should we respond? Rabbi Benay Lappe asserts that there are three options: cling to the story as though nothing happened, discard it altogether, or integrate the old with the new and adapt. Arguing for the unique foresight of queer and marginalized perspectives in bringing the future of Judaism into being, Rabbi Lappe demonstrates how Talmud provides a blueprint for innovation and choosing option three.

Rabbi Benay Lappe is the founder and rosh yeshiva of SVARA, a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud through the lens of queer experiences. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, Rabbi Lappe also currently serves as senior fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago, and is a frequent guest on the Judaism Unbound podcast.

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