A ceremony for anonymous gay sex?

Okay. Hold on. So the other day, I had my Jewish theology course with Professor Alan Nadler. The man tries equally hard to offend just about every one of his students and we all love it. In an attempt to do so during this paritcular class, he mentioned an upcoming Reform sidur he’s read about somewhere with a ceremony in it to be performed after anonymous gay sex! Rather than being offended, I ended up being disgusted right along with him.

So I googled it. And then it popped up in my google reader at Jewschool. And now I feel it is time to weigh in. So apparently, Kehilat Sha’ar Zahav, a Reform congregation in San Francisco (where else?) is releasing a new sidur sometime soon which will include ceremonies for coming out of the closet (fine), getting a sex change (really?), and one ceremony to be formed post-anonymous gay coitus (aneurysm). Not only that, it will include Ya’akov concubines Bilhah and Zilpah in Avot V’Imahot (I’m seriously about to have a fucking heart attack now).

Despite the decidedly judgmental tone of the previous paragraph, I’ll reserve full judgement until I have one of these litrugically “innovative” sidurim in my own collection to look at for myself.

Goodness gracious. Shabat Shalom.

I think I’ll go curl up somewhere and rock back and forth until I calm down a little.

Wh… I… Um…

Is this really happening?

More here.

3 Responses to A ceremony for anonymous gay sex?

  1. Glenda September 21, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    The concubines don’t bother me so much.

    I am curious about the post-coital ceremony, no matter the level of familiarity or the assortment of genders involved. What’s the precedent? Just seems like another instance of openings opening….

  2. Harold September 22, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    I think this would be a fine addition to your collection of siddurim.

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