Developing Sacred Chutzpah – When the Queer Voice Challenges the Status Quo Power Construct

Posted by Yiscah Smith on January 27, 2019
Topics: Pardes Live and Mini-Series, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Lech Lecha


This recording is from the Pardes Winter Learning Intensive, that was held from January 6-10, 2019. The week was called Power, Privilege & Responsibility and Yiscah Smith is teaching on parshat Lekh Lekha.

The course itself was based on the verse in Bereishit – Genesis – 12:1: “God said to Avram, ‘Go to yourself, away from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.’” This verse demands that we heed the still small voice within – Even if it’s queer!. It introduces to us the spiritual practice of Lekh Lekha — moving away from one sense of self — the finite self – the ego based self – the limited self, towards another sense of self — the infinite self – the beyond ego self – the limitless self. But why would a person move away from the familiar to an unfamiliar and unknown destination?

You can download the source sheet here.

About Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is a Jewish educator, spiritual activist and published author who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine Presence within, the foundation of authentic living. She employs her personal story of the joys and struggles with her spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she exemplifies what it means to carve one’s own path, understanding one’s inner being and cultivating the integrity to remaining faithful to that understanding, unapologetically. As a spiritual trailblazer, while carving her own path, Yiscah encourages, ennobles and empowers others to do the same. Yiscah is adjunct faculty and teaches Jewish spirituality at Pardes and provides as well spiritual guidance to individuals seeking an awareness of the Divine spark within. Yiscah is also a public speaker, both in Israel and abroad. Click here to read more.

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