Jay M. Stanton
By Jay M. Stanton
Zionists Have Many Jewish Spaces To Call Home. Our Synagogue Needn’t Be One of Them.
As Tzedek Chicago’s rabbinical intern, I was interested in Mira Sucharov’s recent Forward opinion piece, “My Problem With the Idea of a “Non-Zionist” Synagogue,” which explores how the issue of Israel impacts congregational life. It’s an important subject, and Sucharov raises some important questions that American Jewry should address. I was disappointed that her article…
Ashkenormativity Is Twice as Common — and Harmful — in LGBTQ Jewish Spaces
After Kiddush on Shabbat, someone comes up to me to critique my recitation. Either the person asks why I pronounced the last word as “hagefen” rather than “hagafen,” or I am less-than-politely informed of the “correct” pronunciation. When I respond that my Sephardic custom is to say “hagefen,” the reply is always the same: “I…
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