An Unrecognizable Jewish Future: A Queer Talmudic Take

An Unrecognizable Jewish Future: A Queer Talmudic Take
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Rabbi Benay Lappe

Rosh Yeshiva | SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

When the master narratives that guide our lives inevitably crash, how should we respond? Rabbi Benay Lappe asserts that there are three options: cling to the story as though nothing happened, discard it altoget... See more


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SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

"I don't think the students who come to SVARA are coming primarily to learn Talmud-they're not sitting at home, wishing they could learn Talmud-they are wishing that they could fall in love with the Jewish Tradition. And SVARA offers them that: They find a tradition that is smart, bold, courageous.

The Jewish Future, Part 5

Scenario 1. The year is 2050. Jews have left Europe. So dangerous did it become to wear signs of Jewishness or express support for Israel in public that Jews quietly decided to leave. A hundred years after the Holocaust, Europe became Judenrein after all.

Rabbi Benay Lappe and SVARA, Chicago's Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

It was June 26, 2003 - the day the Supreme Court overturned the sodomy laws - that Benay (JTS, '97) first thought about founding SVARA, now a unique, thriving, traditionally radical yeshiva in Chicago dedicated to the serious study of Talmud. That decision was 13 years ago and the world has changed a lot since then.

Rabbi Benay  Lappe, 

Rosh Yeshiva | SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

Rabbi Benay Lappe is Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. She holds a BA in Italian Literature and an MA in Teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism, and an MA in Rabbinic Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. An award-winning educator specializing in the application of queer theory to Talmud study, she has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Temple University, The University of Judaism, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, The Graduate Theological Union's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Milken Community High School, and The Wexner Institute. Rabbi Lappe also currently serves as Director of Education at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, and is an Associate at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where she was appointed by The Righteous Person's Foundation as its first Spielberg Fellow. In 2016, Rabbi Lappe was awarded the Covenant Award for innovation in Jewish education by the Covenant Foundation.