The responses to JVP's disruption of the Celebrate Israel parade demonstrates how Jewish communal support for LGBTQ students is conditional.
Ohio State University Hillel Expels only Jewish LGBTQ group over its participation in a fundraiser. B'nai Keshet and Open Hillel call on Hillel International to drop the Standards of Partnership and re-admit B’nai Keshet into the OSU Jewish community.
While I appreciate the Senate's gesture and statement, I am also distrustful. Throughout history, the main way anti-Semitism has functioned has been for people in true positions of power to pick off the Jews to use as their scapegoats, fig leaves and shields to protect them from opposition from the main targets of their exploitation and oppression. They want to divide us Jews from other, oppressed, minority communities, making us unsympathetic of their correct claims of abuse by the power structures, until such a point that minority communities direct their rage at the more accessible Jews, rather than at the true, deep sources of their oppression. This has happened for centuries, and it's happening right now. We Jews have to resist being played as pawns in this way and maintain our solidarity with all oppressed communities, even as we take responsible measures to protect ourselves.
Life is pretty crazy these days. However, we still (and always) have Torah. If you need a distraction from politics today, take a look at this week's parsha through feminist drag queen eyes.
This morning Suzie looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, "What are we going to do?" So this is what I said to her.
What is drag torah -- and how can it help us understand Genesis 2:18?
What do we do when we feel like Gd owes us teshuva?