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Ruach Acheret—Ruach Hakodesh/Different Spirit—Sacred Spirit: Parashat Shelach (Numbers 13:1–15:41)

Camille Shira Angel

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0037
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter presents the account of twelve scouts—one man from each Israelite ancestral tribe—who were commanded to survey the land of Canaan. The scouts returned to the Israelite camp enraptured by ... More


Fear Factor: Lesbian Sex and Gay Men: Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1–24:23)

Joshua Lesser

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0031
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter discusses lesbian sex in the readings of Parashat Emor of Leviticus. The text state that a priest “shall not marry a woman defiled by harlotry, nor shall they marry one divorced from her ... More


How Flexible Can Jewish Law Be?: Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1–18:30)

Elliot N. Dorff

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0029
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter critiques the homosexual discrimination as noted in the readings of Parashat Acharei Mot of Leviticus: “You shall not lie with a man as a man lies with a woman; it is an abomination.” ... More


Neither Adding nor Taking Away: Parashat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17)

Gregg Drinkwater and David Shneer

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0047
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter presents the Parashat Re'eh of Deuteronomy, which forbids Israelites to “add nor take away” any of the precepts of God. Rabbis have been violating this command by applying unfounded ... More


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