Cripping the Torah
Thursdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 22 (skip Thanksgiving, Nov. 24) | 2:00-4:00 PM ET | 1:00-3:00 PM CT | 11:00-1:00 PM PT | 6 Sessions
Taught by Rabbi Elliot Kukla
In this six-week class we will use a disabled lens to examine a number of core concepts in oral and written Torah. We’ll explore topics like creation in the Divine image, shabbat, mourning, and remembrance. We will explore classical Jewish texts in dialogue with the writing of contemporary (mostly BIPOC) Disability Justice thinkers like Patricia Berne, Alice Wong, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Talila Lewis.
Note: “Cripping” is a word that refers to looking at a subject through a disabled lens. It is similar to the concept of “queering” a text. You don’t have to be disabled to “crip” the Torah, you just have to be open to the idea of upending dominant narratives of the body/mind. All are welcome. No background knowledge or beliefs are required for this class. Texts will be in English translation. Closed Captioning, ASL interpretation, and frequent breaks are provided. Other access needs will be accommodated as needed.