Official transgender blessings --
Kulanu -- the newly-revised manual for LGBT issues and ceremonies put out by the Union for Reform Judaism
(1.5 million US Jews are Reform) now includes 2 blessings (written by a Rabbi now male) for those transitioning and who have completed the change, alongside the already existing same sex marriage liturgy and other documents and procedures. A first? (blessings text inside)
Philo-Semitism: Just another form of Anti-Semitism?
Interesting Wash Post article on Evangelicals turning away from supersessionism -- the centuries-old belief that with the coming of Jesus, God ended his covenant with the Jews and transferred it to the Christian church,
and the concerns it is raising. ..."That hope is felt and expressed by Christians as a kind, benevolent hope," ... "But believing that someday Jews will stop being Jews and become Christians is still a form of hoping that someday there will be no more Jews." ...
Is it that philosemitism is just as dehumanizing as antisemitism and, because it masquerades as its opposite, more insidious,
or just the most recent manifestation of the longstanding appropriation of us Jews as symbols, whether it helps or hurts us?
THE PRINCIPLES OF JEWISH BUDDHISM
-- 12. To Find the Buddha, look within. Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.
And there's even a term now: Jubu
Who are today's Maccabees? Fundamentalists fighting a secular culture?
Or as our president states in his Hanukkah message
, our brave soldiers in Iraq? Or is it the Iraqis themselves, rebelling against an invading and occupying force? Or is it the white supremacists?
The enduring power of a symbol of resistance
and its many and incompatible uses--all in time for Hanukkah.