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A Memoir of Jewish, Transgender Spirituality

…my personal experience, I limit its range. I’m only one trans person, male-to-female transsexuals constitute a small fraction of the transgender world, I am very much a product of a white, middle-class, mid-twentieth-century upbringing, I’m a religious (though not Orthodox) Jew, I’m an academic, and so on. But my hope was that by presenting my experience as specifically and intimately as possible, others would recognize aspects of that experience…

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A Devil’s Dozen of the Best ‘New Religion Journalism’ Books of the Decade

…the United States the vast majority of our medical resources go towards end-of-life care, using medicine, the law, philosophy, ethics, and religion as lenses through which she helps her reader understand difficult questions about what death is, how death should happen, and how death shouldn’t. The Good Death has as a central sentiment that “Because of medical developments, we’ve gotten away from caring for our dying, from seeing death up close… [s…

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Breaking Up with God: I Didn’t Lose My Faith, I Left It

…native title would you give the book? I love the title of my book. It’s my best title yet, I think. I write in the preface about my hesitation to figure my relationship with God as a love relationship. It seemed simultaneously so medieval-mystic, so patriarchal, so oedipal that it made me cringe. Calling it a break-up also meant I had to come out: I had to admit to myself and to the rest of the world that the God I’d been dating was a man. I’m a f…

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Yom Kippur Prayers for Corporate Atonement at Occupy Wall St.

…preneur whose current project is Jew It Yourself: The Every Day Guide to Do-It-Yourself Jewish Living. In addition, Sieradski is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and designer whose work explores themes of post-normative Jewish cultural expression. I see from the Facebook page you put up for the Kol Nidre minyan at Occupy Wall Street that you already have more than enough people for minyan. To your knowledge, is this the very first Kol Nidre serv…

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From Closeted Evangelical to Unapologetic Atheist: A “Faitheist” Manifesto

…, Beacon Press, is so wonderful. As far as I’m concerned, they’re just the best. They’ve been more than tolerant of my desire to be really hands-on in the publication process, soliciting my input on many different things relating to the book. I actually told them before I signed my contract that I wanted to be able to assist with the aesthetics of the project, and they were totally receptive. The cover is actually a collaboration of work I did wit…

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Coming Out Twice: Sexuality and Gender in Islam

…doing papers, and Masters degree students writing thesis, or Ph.D. scholars-in-the-making writing dissertations about Islam from the perspective of sexuality and gender identity issues. I find it amazing that they read my book and gain a sense of empowerment to do their own work. That is what we call, in the Islamic tradition, a sadaqa jariya, a gift that keeps giving benefit even after the giver has passed away. I hope my book is a sadaqa jariya….

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Women’s Double Duty

…ast is complete) but I cannot celebrate, either. Those who are not ABLE to fast are not required to fast, older people, children, people with any medical condition that requires attention, regular medications, or just sustaining your blood sugar levels like with diabetes. Women do not fast during menstruation, pregnancies, or just after child birth and through out the full time nursing of babies, or according to their own discretion. Interestingly…

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Time is on Our Side

….” We are almost into the fast and yet we are almost like the preceding non-fasting days. That is because the body has not yet changed as it will soon against the rigors of the month long rite. So it doesn’t feel or act in fasting mode. One of my friends posted that he finished off his daughter’s breakfast after she went to school because, well, on the almost day or days, we forget that we are not supposed to do those things regarding food and dri…

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored

…tations in the article. Finally, I wish to assure the reader that I do not write this essay out of malice or spite, but a sense of profound duty to the call of Christianity to serve the poor, and because I believe fully in the responsibility of historians to know the full picture of whom they write, praise, and utilize in modern thought. I was introduced to the French Jesuit by one of his most reverent followers and one of my dear friends, Fr. Tho…

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored

…tations in the article. Finally, I wish to assure the reader that I do not write this essay out of malice or spite, but a sense of profound duty to the call of Christianity to serve the poor, and because I believe fully in the responsibility of historians to know the full picture of whom they write, praise, and utilize in modern thought. I was introduced to the French Jesuit by one of his most reverent followers and one of my dear friends, Fr. Tho…

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