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A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969

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For many queer Jews, Jewish tradition seems like a rich tapestry which at best ignores them and at worst rejects them entirely. In reality, queerness and queer Judaism have been a constant subplot of Jewish history, if only we care to look.

Spanning almost two millennia and containing translations from more than a dozen languages, Noam Sienna's new book, A Rainbow Thread: A
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Paperback, 452 pages
Published December 17th 2018 by Print-O-Craft LLC
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Kobi
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overflowing with gratitude that this book has been compiled and that I read it Jews be gay as hell!!
Lizzy
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in June in honor of Pride Month!

An impressive collection of sources, spanning 2 millennia and many continents. that all prove that Queer Identity has existed among the Jewish people since the Beginning. What I especially appreciated was the multiplicity of genres, and the journey into different Jewish communities around the world and in different periods of time.

Recommend for anyone interested in Queer Studies, Jewish Studies, Feminist Studies, and Religious Studies.
Aaron
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have been waiting all of our lives for this book! I'm so glad it's finally here to connect us through history and show us that we aren't the first. ...more
Rachel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Noam Sienna, the editor of the impressive “A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969” (Print-O-Craft), notes that “queer Jews often feel like they are the first and only of their kind.” Their history is rarely featured in traditional day school or after-school religious classes, or acknowledged by many members of the Jewish community. Sienna’s “A Rainbow Thread” seeks to correct this neglect by offering a wide variety of texts – positive and negative – s ...more
Lisa
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating collection of 120 stories, excerpts, poems, texts from 2000 years and many different countries and types of people, with engaging introductions and commentary.

Quote from the author on the podcast Judaism Unbound: "[A rabbi in 1969] looked at his Jewish 'bookshelf.' And he said 'I don't see anything that deals with homosexuality.' [He concluded] that homosexuals don't exist in Jewish history. But the mistake that he makes is that he looks at what happens to be on his 'bookshelf' --
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Jennifer
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection of sources from the first century to modern times. Having done some research in this area, this is not simply easily found sources put together for the first time. Instead it provides readerS or scholars with new texts they are unlikely to find. The book does not skim over or deny the difficult relationship of religion to queerness through the centuries. Instead it shows those who would say this is a modern phenomenon that this topic has always existed in text, at t ...more
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