Eshel Out Loud
News, Views, and Updates from the Eshel Community
Leana Tapnack, seen here with mikvah attendant Talia Lakritz at the West Side Mikvah in New York, decided to observe the laws of niddah together with her wife, Sandy. (Courtesy of Tapnack) Some queer Jews are finding meaning in the laws of family purity, traditionally observed by married Orthodox couples Like many observant Jewish women, [more]
Lo tov heyot ha-adam levado, it is not good for the earthling to be alone (Gen. 2:18). As the product of a traditional Jewish education, I have always heard this verse cited as an aphoristic observation about human nature and the need for companionship. No one wants to be alone their whole life. Life is [more]
Isolation is an unfortunate norm for LGBTQ Jewish youth. The Coronavirus pandemic has only made things worse. By Idit Klein, Rachael Fried, Asher Gellis, Miryam Kabakov, and Rebecca Stapel-Wax As leaders of organizations that advance LGBTQ equality in Jewish life, we know how important it is to create antidotes to loss, fear, and isolation – especially [more]
How Orthodox Jewish Communities Respond When Members Come Out as LGBTQ For much of the 21st century, Miryam Kabakov and Rabbi Steven Greenberg have been agents of change in Orthodox Jewish communities built on continuity and tradition. Through their own coming out processes, their writings, and their organizing – both are founders of Eshel, an organization [more]
The Rwandan model — Burundi-born, Brussels-raised, now New York City resident — wants to create spaces for tough conversations. Read more.
Wishing you a Shabbat of peace and health The last time I was in a room filled with people... ...I was celebrating Purim in shul. The wild costumes and silly songs testified to the concept of ונהפוך הוא: the idea that things are turned on their heads. Who knew that only a week [more]