Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

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This text study activity presents some Talmudic texts that speak positively about sex. Students are asked to consider how these texts can help us make sense of Judaism’s attitudes toward human sex and sexuality. It is likely that the discussion questions for this activity will generate a wide variety of perspectives...You may want to frame this discussion for students by telling them that Judaism has a positive attitude toward sex because it sees sex as sacred.When traditional Jewish texts discuss sex, they assume that any sexual encounters are between consenting adults, in a committed, sanctified relationship (marriage).
This lesson extracted from Keshet's Hineini Curriculum Resource Guide asks students to study the evolution the Jewish legal status of the heresh - deaf-mute and the deaf person from Torah to Modernity. After engaged in text study students are asked to consider whether the evolution and understanding of the status of gay and lesbian Jews is comparable.
In this activity, students examine a text about the differences between the rabbinic schools of Hillel and Shammai.This activity helps students understand the meaning of pluralism both in action and as a value in Judaism.
The Jewish and Social Justice Perspective. Aryeh Pelcovitz, Uri L'Tzedek
Can we legislate desire? By Seth Aronson, PsyD.
This activity begins with a short text study of Talmudic teachings about communal responsibility. Students then explore together the role of an “ally” in creating change. Students are asked to recall moments when they stood up for someone else or when someone stood up for them and to use their experiences to examine what it means to be an effective ally to someone.You can follow the entire lesson plan, or choose portions to do with your students.
This two-part lesson gives students the opportunity to reflect on why Jews celebrate certain events in community. Using group discussion and work in pairs, Part A asks students to think about their own bar/bat mitzvahs and how it would have felt to not celebrate with family and friends. Students then reflect on a quote from Talmud about marking certain events with community. In Part B, students discuss in pairs the experiences of two gay people from the film Hineini.They will reflect on how it might feel to be separate or isolated from one’s community because of some aspect of one’s identity. Each part of the lesson can be done separately or the two can be done together.You can also use Part A as an activity before screening all or part of Hineini and Part B after students have seen the film.

Source Sheet

Examination of sex and gender in Jewish texts from the Talmud to the present. Created for Hillel at SUNY Binghamton
This is an advocation for equality and these are sources that prove that Gender equality and rights for people as a whole are just.
Basic sources addressing the mitzvah of p'ru urvu.
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