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  • Alpert
    Rebecca Trachtenberg
    "Challenging Male-Female Complementarity: Jewish Lesbians and the Jewish Tradition in People of the Body",
    Alpert
    Rebecca Trachtenberg
    , 1992 .
    Synopsis:

    In People of the Body, Howard Eilberg Schwartz gathers together essays on one of the most extraordinary subjects from scholars in various disciplines. From a meditation of Freud's nose to another on Jews' feet, from sex in the Garden of Eden to eroticism in Zionist philosophy, this collection capitalizes on recent academic work on theories of the body to consider the vexed relationship between the "People of the Book" and those Jewish sources (biblical, talmudic, rabbinic) which have made regulation of the body their central concern. With contributions from leading scholars of Judaism -- such as Daniel Boyarin, Riv-Ellen Pres, Sander Gilman, and David Biale -- People of the Body is at times an extremely taxing and at others an absorbingly interesting work of modern scholarship.

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  • Alpert
    Rebecca Trachtenberg
    "Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition",
    Alpert
    Rebecca Trachtenberg
    , 1998 .
    Synopsis:

    One of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi explores how lesbians can shape Jewish tradition to resonate with their own experience.

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  • Balka
    Christie
    ,
    Rose, Eds.
    Andy
    "Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay and Jewish",
    Balka
    Christie
    ,
    Rose, Eds.
    Andy
    , 1991 .
    Synopsis:

    Essays on Jewish lesbians and gay men. Three of the essays address the biblical condemnation of homosexuality. Other essays discuss how traditional Jewish services and ceremonies can be adapted to affirm gay and lesbian life, and the founding of gay and lesbian synagogues.

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  • Biale
    Rachel
    "Women and Jewish Law",
    Biale
    Rachel
    , 1995 .
    Synopsis:

    In this book that covers a range of topics on women and Jewish law, Chapter 7 on "Sexuality Outside of Marriage: Incest, Adultery, Promiscuity, and Lesbianism" is relevant to this category.

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  • Greenberg
    Steven
    "Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition",
    Greenberg
    Steven
    , 2004 .
    Synopsis:

    Rabbi Greenburg offers an intimate and personal look at homosexuality in Hasidic and Orthodox communities as told through the day-to-day stories of their gay and lesbian members.

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  • Kabakov
    Miryam
    "Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires",
    Kabakov
    Miryam
    , 2010 .
    Synopsis:

    This book analyzes the challenges faced by lesbian women who live in Orthodox contexts.  It is composed of some 16 essays, an introduction and foreword by Judith Plaskow (Professor at of contemporary religious thought at Manhattan College, author of Standing Again at Sinai).  It includes a glossary, a list of resources and information on the various contributors who touch on all aspects of the issue. While most of the essays are personal coming-out stories, one is a scholarly review of Torah sources and Jewish legal literature on lesbianism.  Contributors include musician and writer Temim Fruchter, Professor of Literature Joy Ladin (formerly, Jay) at Stern College, writer Leah Lax, nurse Tamar Prager, and the pseudonymous Ex-Yeshiva Girl.

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  • Rapoport
    Chaim
    "Judaism and Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox View",
    Rapoport
    Chaim
    , 2004 .
    Synopsis:

    As the spiritual leader of the Ilford Synagogue in Britain, Rabbi Rapoport has been called on to offer guidance to students, some of them Orthodox Jews, who were homosexuals. He addresses some of the issues raised from the perspective of the holy Torah, not as an attempt to provide definitive answers, but as a basis for consultation, discussion and ultimately decision making under the authority of a competent Rabbi.

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  • Torton Beck
    Evelyn
    "Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology",
    Torton Beck
    Evelyn
    , 1982 .
    Synopsis:

    A collection of angry, bitter, proud, and joyful writing-- poetry, stories, history, analysis, autobiography -- on Jewish lesbian identity.

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