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Kosher Queers is a podcast with at least two Jews and generally more than three opinions! Each week Jaz and Lulav bring you queer takes on Torah.

Kosher Queers Jaz Twersky and Lulav Arnow

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Kosher Queers is a podcast with at least two Jews and generally more than three opinions! Each week Jaz and Lulav bring you queer takes on Torah.

    86 — Chukat: The Other Woman's Son

    86 — Chukat: The Other Woman's Son

    This week, we discuss whether it's a good idea to tell your girlfriend your secrets and let her tie you up, unearned dramatic plot resolutions, and how rough a position messengers must have been in. Plus, what does it really mean to have land "belong" to a "nation" or a "person" anyway? 

    Transcript available here.

    You can check out Yente Over the Rainbow, which is "a matchmaking service for LGBTQIA+ Jewish people" that Jaz works for. Here's the story about Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegitimate child. Also, we do recommend both Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman), and this Talmud story about demons that you can dramatize yourself for all your child-entertaining purposes. Here's an Orthodox explainer on Radak, and here's Radak's commentary about how Yiftach's daughter didn't die, she just didn't ever get married.

    This week's reading is Judges 11:1-33. Next week's reading is Micah 5:6–6:8.

    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Ezra Faust, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 54 min
    85 — Korach: Party Down In Stone Town

    85 — Korach: Party Down In Stone Town

    We brush up on Shmuel's reasons to hate kings, listen to him brag about not being a jerk, name a sheyd, make folk etymologies about a coronation party at Gilgal, and sneak a Degrassi reference in there. Also, in more serious news, we discuss our preferences for positive vs negative mitzvot and compare commandments to perennial queer discourse.

    Transcript here.

    Check out Xai, How Are You? a queer Talmud podcast hosted by Xava de Cordova, which we like. Lulav references the Bartimaeus Sequence, a series of young adult novels which she liked a lot when she read it approximately 15 years ago. Also, here's the Jewish demon story that Jaz was talking about where a sheyd tricks King Solomon.

    This episode carries content warnings for eye trauma (24:06) and animal violence (24:37).

    This week's reading is Samuel I 11:14–12:22. Next week's reading is Judges 11:1-33.

    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Lulav Arnow, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 53 min
    84 — Shelach: Historical Hotties and Horrible Hebrews

    84 — Shelach: Historical Hotties and Horrible Hebrews

    This week, we discuss a sex worker who hangs out with a king, extremely inconsiderate invaders, and the vibes of different names. Plus serious dilemmas of moral relativity, words that mean "red," and overly horny Talmudic rabbis. We had to mark it explicit because the text is sexually explicit; it's not our fault.

    Transcript here.

    Here's Austin Walker's old tumblr blog clockworkworlds and his current work on the podcast Friends at the Table. You can also check out The Objective and follow it on Twitter @ObjectiveJrn ; it's run by Jaz's friend Gabe Schneider, who you can follow on Twitter @gabemschneider. You can check out the Christian fiction podcast Forgive Me! if you're interested in that sort of thing; Jaz listened to the whole thing, and is still not sure if they'd recommend it or not.  Here's a bit about Rachav from the Talmud, in Zevachim 116b and another one from Megillah 15b.

    This week's reading is Joshua 2:1-24. Next week's reading is Samuel I 11:14–12:22.

    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Lulav Arnow, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 59 min
    83 — Behaalotecha: He’s Not Being A Yankee

    83 — Behaalotecha: He’s Not Being A Yankee

    This week, Jaz is back, with some sad personal news but (with the benefit of Lulav's editing prowess) decent podcasting energy! We're talking about mistakes and new connections, condescending to unpleasant people who are nevertheless your people, and $2000 fancy dresses. Plus, elaborate wagon metaphors and the connection between personal breakdown and societal breakdown.

    Transcript here.

    Jaz mentioned some book recommendations about death. For talking to Jewish children, there's Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin illustrated by Kristi­na Swamer. There's also Tear Soup, which is not Jewish, but applicable cross-religiously and for all ages eight and up. Some other books Jaz read about grief in the last year and a half, which were helpful in different ways, include:
    Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew by Anita Diamant, Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief by Cindy Milstein,  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul GawandeAdvice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying by Sallie Tisdale You can also listen to the episode "Unconscionable Ex," from what was at the time the Dear Prudence podcast. That's since been converted into a new podcast, also hosted by Danny Lavery, called Big Mood, Little Mood.

    This week's reading was Amos 2:6-3:8, even though it should have been Zechariah 2:14–4:7. Next week's reading is Joshua 2:1-24.
    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Lulav Arnow, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 43 min
    82 — Naso: Angel's on First

    82 — Naso: Angel's on First

    This week, Jaz was out, so Lulav and guest host Iscah discuss role models who fight altogether too much, being way smarter than your husband, and having your prophesied child take after said husband anyway. They also revisit favorite motifs from Season 1 — like the oath of the nazirite and angels being random messenger dudes who tell you about pregnancy — because they're strangely relevant to this first chapter of Samson's story. Also, the points of reference for Lulav's cohost have shifted from the Talmudic to the Supernatural. You can follow Iscah's work on their public Twitter @JayRBlythe or their personal Twitter @jcatgrl.

    Transcript here. 

    I'm Strange (And So Are You) is a webcomic by Moe Espinoza about friends bonding over paranormal investigations, and is currently on hiatus. You can find it on Tapas or its website. Check  out Iscah's Jupernatural Week project! Here is the trailer for the dark comedy about a sitcom wife called Kevin Can F**k Himself. 

    This week's reading is Judges 13:2-25. Next week's reading should have been Zechariah 2:14–4:7, but because we made a mistake and did that in the episode for the haftarah of Vayeishev instead, next week we're reading Amos 2:6-3:8.

    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Ezra Faust, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 30 min
    81 — Bamidbar: SWERP

    81 — Bamidbar: SWERP

    This week, we brought it back around to pornoprophetics by talking about Hoshea. Jaz and Lulav disagree about what level of reality to read the haftarah on, but both agree that the plain reading of this text describes a really gnarly dude being abusive to a sex worker and to their children together. Due to discussion of sexual violence, including descriptions of physical & emotional abuse and mention of a book about sexual abuse of a child, as well as just us talking about sex and kink slightly more than is prudent, this episode is marked EXPLICIT.

    Transcript available here. Production on this episode ran up to the wire, and only the first 18 minutes of the transcript is available as of release.

    This episode's title is based on the acronym "sex-worker-exclusionary radical feminist" — much like TERFs and often overlapping, they disregard the agency and lived experience of the people they exclude from their feminism. Calling Hoshea a SWERP is more of a joke than an actual comparison to SWERFs, tbh.

    The Shrieking Shack is a Harry Potter deepread podcast that just finished all seven horrible books, and which we have referenced frankly a lot on this podcast already. Tegan and Sara are sisters, which is not a euphemism, though they are both famously lesbians. Their music is often polarizing to lesbians — Lulav is a fan, but she knows others who are Deeply Opposed. Dean Kamen invented the Segway, which you definitely don't need to remember or know, but you can see both of them in this picture.

    Jaz references The Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson — you can read an overview of conceptual metaphor on this Wikipedia page. Miguel James's "Contra la policía" is translated by Guillermo Parra on his blog here. Jaz promised links about humiliation play, but they are asleep after a long trip so check this space in the future. Lulav references Vladimir Nabokov, who has written several beautifully poetic books about super gnarly dudes, but Lolita is both his most famous book and the one that Lulav chooses to focus on in her comparison. Also, if someone has read the book and still refers to the titular character by the nickname the abusive narrator created for her or uses the word "nymphet", Lulav advises that you run real fast in the opposite direction.
    If you're a current or former sex worker and have quibbles with or additions to the content of this episode, hit us up at kosherqueers@gmail.com.

    This week's reading was Hosea 2:1-22. Next week's reading is Judges 13:2-25.

    Support us on Patreon or Ko-fi! Our music is by the band Brivele. This week, our audio was edited by Lulav Arnow, and our transcript was written by JJ Jensen, who you can follow on Twitter @pantspossum. Our logo is by Lior Gross, and we are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Orthodox Union.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/kosherqueers)

    • 53 min

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