Does Homosexuality Matter?

At least in the United States, much of the brouhaha over homosexuality has subsided.  There are gay Jewish weddings, gay conservative rabbis — and the sky has not fallen.  So now, new questions are being asked, more interesting than simply whether it’s okay to be gay.  Is homosexuality more like gender — which is very important, and which has shifted how Jews conceive of liturgy, theology, and community — or more like, say, eye color, which is not so important?  Will the inclusion of GLBT people transform the Jewish community and Jewish religion as did the full participation of women in (non-Orthodox) Jewish life?

In this session, featuring queer midrash and theology, we’ll explore how sexual diversity transforms how we understand God, Torah, and Israel.