Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan Poly/Post-Denominational World recounts the tale of a parallel reality in which a Third Temple rose and fell in antiquity, women were ordained in the fifth century CE, and alternate sages and texts are woven together with ones better known from the “historical” Jewish textual tradition. Ramer’s contemporary midrash challenges the reader to reflect on the nature of history, text and tradition, and to imagine a more inclusive future for the Jewish people and all humanity.
Andrew Ramer teaches in the USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. He is an ordained Maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of numerous books and articles including Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories. His primary interests include multifaith engagement, the sacredness of the body, and our connection to the Earth. He has just completed a lyrical, apocalyptic story-cycle, When People Still Lived on the Earth, about how human beings destroyed this lovely planet, and what happened to all of us in heaven, afterwards.
This event is free and open to the public.
This program is co-sponsored by the CLGS Jewish Roundtable & The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies(CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union. This program is made possible through the generosity of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.