Queering Kabbalah

at Nehirim's Queer Shabbaton New York
JCC in Manhattan, 76th Street & Amsterdam
New York, NY
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Kabbalah has become a resource for progressive, feminist, and even some queer Jews seeking an alternative to normative Jewish spirituality.  At the same time, Kabbalah is among the most heteronormative, sexist, and gender-binary-reenforcing discourses in world religion: the union of male and female reflects the very nature of the cosmos itself, with the female often “disappearing” into the male.  Is there hope for Kabbalah, other than just ignoring the bad stuff?  In this workshop, we’ll explore ways in which traditional theological Kabbalah can indeed be a site for a queering of the categories of mysticism and religion.