Andrew Ramer is a poet, novelist, midrashist, and body worker. He writes a regular column on spiritual practice for White Crane Journal and has published six book, the best known of whiich is Two Flutes Playing (Lethe Press 2005). He can be found online at (www.andrewramer.com)[http://www.andrewramer.com]
Andrew writes about himself: You will find in my work a range of voices, some my own and some received, a term I prefer to ‘channeled.’ My styles vary. I write very long novels and very very short stories. My published work includes books on angels and pieces in gay erotic anthologies. Years ago I decided that I would write a book in every genre. Cookbook and murder mystery lie somewhere in my future. And twenty-three unpublished books live in ream boxes in a cabinet in my study.
The very first thing the Torah tells us about ourselves is that we are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. What would our lives be like if we built a Judaism around the physicality of the body?
Of the three harvest festivals, Sukkot and Passover are weeklong. Why not Shavuot?
What if two men, two lovers, in medieval Andalusia found themselves reflected in Torah?
In this piece from Andrew’s midrash project, Queering the Text, we learn why looking at the rabbi during the priestly blessing can pose unforeseen temptations.
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