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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Bamidbar with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

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Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBTQ inclusivity. Rabbi Moskowitz received three Ultra-Orthodox ordinations while learning in the Mir in Jerusalem and in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He is a David Hartman Center Fellow and the author of Textual Activism. His new book, Graceful Masculinity, will be out in the winter.

This Week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) – is the first portion read from the book of Numbers. The Parasha tells us about an elaborate census of the tribes of Israel conducted by Moses in the desert and continues to discuss the priests’ ceremonial duties. Our discussion focuses on the inclusiveness of counting all of the people of Israel.

 

Previous Talks on Bamidbar:

Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Rabbi Andrea London

Rabbi David Ackerman

Rabbi Amy Bernstein

Rabbi Yehuda Ferris

 

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