Shavuot and LGBTQ Rights
From Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Shavuot begins after sundown on May 19
At the moment where all the Israelites are gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai:
All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking. (Exodus 20:15)
“All the people” were there. The entire community. This is also interpreted in the Rabbinic tradition to mean that all people from generations past, present, and future were present. People of all ages and societal status. People of all genders and gender identities and sexual orientations. Therefore, all those who shared in this sacred covenant between God and the Jewish people also have a place in the Jewish community of today.
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