Judaism as a Spiritual Path

By Zvi Bellin

Zvi’s dream for being a Jewish educator is to ground the intellectual pursuit of study in the process of helping people live more authentic and supported lives.

We were 40 GLBTQ Jews gathered together for an alternative Shabbat morning prayer service. As co-facilitator of the service, I was faced with a significant issue. The Torah scroll that had been reserved for our group was torn, and thus was considered pasul (unfit for ritual use). My co-leader and I discussed several viable options to proceed with the Torah service and decided that we could use the “broken” Torah as a focal point for a healing service that we offered before we read from a Chumash (Torah text book).

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