Happy to announce that the publisher, Cascade Books (a division of Wipf & Stock) has published the Leviticus book! If you want to buy a copy, I hope you'll do it through my website, but you're welcome to do so through theirs too of course. (Buying direct from me = a signed copy, however!) Here it is on the Wipf & Stock website.

It'll be up on amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online vendors soon.

Just was exploring a blog I found called "Transient and Permanent"

The author has a blog entry on this book that came out in 2012 -- as a practitioner of liberal religion, I'm interested to see what it has to say!

More on the book here.

Just exploring a slideshow curated by David Jacobson in Washington State. It's called "Equal Vows: Same-Sex Ketubot in Washington State." Here it is on Slieshare

A ketubah (plural, ketubot) is a traditional Jewish marriage contract, signed by both partners in the marriage. 

Modern liberal Judaism has evolved to embrace the sanctity of same-sex marriage, and a number of gifted artists who create beautiful ketubot have begun making these moving ketubot available to couples. The one pictured here is by Betsy Teutsch, who also happened to create the ketubah my wife, Melissa, and I have. Check out the story of her involvement in developing a gorgeous same-sex ketubah here.

Chapter 1 of the book is called "Being Pro-Gay an Hanging in There with Leviticus." 

As a Reconstructionist rabbi, I understand the Hebrew Bible (and all sacred texts of all religions) to be human creations -- imperfect, human attempts to describe and reflect aspects of the Divine and of Truth. So for me, there is no need to do interpretive somersaults to try to make the two anti-gay verses in Leviticus mean something that they don't. Just as I think we are right to disagree with verses in the Torah that instruct parents to have a stubborn and rebellious son stoned to death, and to disagree with verses that state that a man who rapes a woman who is a virgin is obligated to marry her (pending her father's approval), I believe that we are right to reject the teaching that male-to-male intercourse is evil. 

What I try to do with this chapter is explain openly how I stay in relationship with Leviticus despite my deep dismay over its anti-gay verses. I also describe  what I find that's valuable in Leviticus, including in the realm of human sexuality. There's a lot of baby in that bathwater. 

My philosophy is that we do best in our religions when we open ourselves to the insights and truths found in our sacred texts, while also having the conscience and independence of mind to dissent from them when needed.