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"rabbi mike" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Let's walk through a few more of the fascinating stories. Talk to us about rabbi Michael Stephan. Rabbi Michael steppe, rabbi Mike, is how he's called by his congregation. Rabbi Mike was at the protest just like everyone else to protest for in fair elections. Rabbi Michael steppe walked into the capitol building through open doors following a crowd peaceful crowd in through those open doors. I didn't break doors down, didn't use any weapons to get in. Nope. Okay. No weapons on this rabbi just a hat just a maga hat. Rabbi stepping off walks in. He looks around, he plays on his cell phone, and then he leaves, oh, but before he leaves, he shakes hands with a police officer, as did 7 other people. I counted 7 people in that video while he's in that building, shaking hands with police officers. 7 people. And the people around him again were peacefully walked out. Pelosi's podium with him. No, no. No, that would have been a great meme. No souvenirs. The rabbi with a statue of Jefferson or something? No, nothing exciting. Absolutely unexciting. Yeah. So then he goes home and lives in peace for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, he doesn't. His house gets ransacked by the FBI. Hang on. The rabbis house? Yes. Yes, they went in. And they did this too. Everyone, they did searches of their houses as the rabbis house is searched by the FBI. As they come out, he shakes hands and says, thank you for your service. And I said, no one can ever do wrong. Not even the government. Is he such a nice person? And he just accepted everything. What's on the warrant to search his house? What is he accused of? The information that they were seeking basically had to do with all those allegations that you played video of. All of these scary potentially. Yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Conspiratorial accusations. And they found no evidence of that. They obviously for him or for almost everyone as far as I know. But they bring him to court. He's only facing misdemeanor charges, and he ended up pleading to one of those charges. Unfortunately, he was sentenced to 60 days of home confinement. Now, home confinement of federal law is for outside of work. So basically he's allowed to go to work. He still has to come home at the end. But nonetheless, it's a title. And it's a criminal record. It is. It's a class B misdemeanor. But it's a type of criminal offense. Yeah. And had he been in a BLM protest, had he been in one of the Seattle protests for antifa, anything else? They wouldn't have been arrested. You know, they were over a thousand people who wouldn't have been charged. There were over a thousand people who were arrested in Washington, D.C. during the Kavanaugh protest, over a thousand people. They were all released and their charges dismissed on something called a post and forfeit disposition in Washington, D.C.. Post in full fit explained that. Poston forfeit is a local disposition in Washington D.C. for low level misdemeanor charges. And over a thousand people received a post in forfeit disposition for the cabinet protests, and they were arrested in the capital. Now, Michael stepakoff didn't receive that post enforcement. Did anybody else do we know if hundreds of the 800 investigated received this post and forfeit? Zero for the 775 arrests that took place at the capitol, zero were eligible for, first of all, none of them ended up going through with local D.C. charges, all had federal troops. And zero of them received any kind of dismissal disposition. We were told it's not applicable to us, don't even need to worry about it. Even though the website for the District of Columbia, federal prosecutor's office says that they will offer dismissal dispositions on a case by case basis when the facts of the case warranted. They told us for all of these cases, it's a blanket no..
"rabbi mike" Discussed on The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast
"Guys, as I've talked on this podcast before a number of the January 6th defendants have had trouble getting good attorneys. In some cases they end up saddled with State Council and in some cases those are leftists who sort of tried to propagandize them against their beliefs, but an attorney who does not fit into that category. In fact, an attorney who has been capably representing some January 6 defendants, some delighted to welcome to the podcast Marina medvin. She's a nationally recognized attorney. She's had some big and important cases and she has been representing I believe several January 6th defendants, Marina, thanks for joining me. I appreciate it. How many of the January 6th defendants are you representing currently? Right now we have 6. UF 6, okay, awesome. And as you remember, I had contacted you some time ago to say, hey, come on my podcast and talk about this and you were like, wait a minute. I've got these ongoing trials. I can't really do that. So when I read that there was one of your clients that the case, the case was resolved, I was like, let's talk about that one because it'll give us a little window into how these prosecutions operate and how these cases come to a conclusion. So let's begin by talking about this guy Michael steppe off who is Michael stepakoff and what was the what was the conclusion of his case? Rabbi Mike. Michael stepakoff is rabbi Mike. And rabbi Mike is the leader of a congregation in Florida. And he came to Washington D.C. in order to take part in the protest, just like everyone else, seeking election integrity, seeking fair elections for his voice to be heard for the voice of his congregants to be heard. And he followed a crowd into the capitol building. It was there for a total of 5 minutes inside. He shook hands with the police officer. He walked out, took some photos he walked out. He didn't do anything with as far as violent or anything that appears negatively against his types of people. But he was charged search warners executed on his house. His family was humiliated, and he was brought to court in D.C.. He was on probation for over a year. And the case concluded as one year probation with two months of home incarceration and 60 hours of community service. So it's a pretty complex penalty for somebody charge for the first offense. In a class B, petty offense misdemeanor effect. So Maria, let's put what you said in a little bit of slow motion. Here's a guy. He's a he's a rabbi, and he's a messianic rabbi, which means he's sort of a rabbi who is Jewish, culturally, but nevertheless believes in Jesus. Never comes to Washington, D.C., he's upset about the election. Let's look at what he did. Now you said he went into the capitol building. Apparently he observed no violence, and not only that, but he was part of a group where the cops were around and they were interacting with these guys and shaking hands with them and you have that on video don't you. This correct, we did request for the 5 minutes of footage, the security footage of him in the building to be released to the public and it has been released on Thursday and we posted your website. So everyone could see for themselves because at the end of the day, look to see for yourself. Don't trust me. Don't trust the Nash or anyone else for it. Well, look at the video. And see what's on it. And you'll see a crowd of peaceful protesters walking into the capitol through open doors, and you'll see police officers there. And the police officers aren't asking anyone to leave. They're interacting positively with the individuals walking in. We are shaking hands. I was able to count 7 individuals walk up to police officers during a 5 minute video and shake hands. Now Marina, I wanted to turn to the prosecution here because I want to give people a sense of their modus operandi. What the prosecution is doing is evidently producing video that occurred 12 minutes before mister steppe off got there and 30 minutes after he left, and it looks like the argument they were trying to make the judges somehow that this guy, Michael stefa is responsible for what other people did before him or after him in short that he was part of a group or a crowd, and he is somehow held responsible for the actions collectively of the crowd. Is that an accurate summary of what the government was trying to show? That is exactly the argument we made to the judge. Yes. I'm sorry. Well, I was going to make the point that you argued that this is a guy in a justice system who should be held accountable for what he did, right? Correct. That's what criminal sentencing is. In federal court and state court, we look at the individual and his individual contribution to the alleged events. And here, instead of looking mister at mister stubber cop's individual involvement and what he would have seen or what he would have done or what was right around him, the government brought into evidence video from 12 minutes prior and 30 minutes after he left in order to say that the events around him were very tumultuous and much more complex than he led on..
"rabbi mike" Discussed on People of the Pod
"Stories about the relationship between israel and the data what what some of the history of the ministry et does it look like you know what a day in the life of the diaspora minister was established in one thousand nine hundred nine as part of a coalition agreement. Everything starts with politics and so my friend my good friend. Rabbi mike kilo was appointed as deputy minister for they aspirated. I something similar ever since then became a full minister. Not only deputy. Natasha ron ski. Yuli edelstein naftali bednets. So you can see. I'm coming to place or ministry that my predecessor were really big names. In israel's history are still and i'm the one who is asked by the government was assigned by the government to keep the two ends as close as possible israelis and jews in the diaspora which is a great challenge. Let me tell you. it's getting harder and harder. By the transitional age ages now when my generation is the outgoing one and then you'll genuinely becoming engineering..
"rabbi mike" Discussed on Reports from the Spiritual Frontier
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"rabbi mike" Discussed on Reports from the Spiritual Frontier
"And so I said look. I don't think God hates you for making you because God made you gate and it wasn't your choice. God might be for the other things that you're doing right because it's a choice and maybe you know you should figure that out really quickly. Because it's not fair or honest or sage and all the things but that's on some level with a lot of compassion to all those involve the society forced that rate when people when the world wasn't so safe to come out how people suffered in silence and now God it's a lot better and so people especially young people feel a lot of choice that they can be this and that and they're not gonNA choose wanted wanted all and so we have really for the first time young folks saying listen. I'm Jewish I'm Orthodox observant. I'm not going anywhere I also happens career and certainly with Trans folks. In particular trans-youth I get a lot of calls from parents terrence around their children who were transitioning and in really insular spaces. When you're talking about kids being five six seven years old From what you do in throwing out a four or five or six year old is in thank God really an option and even for older kids teenagers. The idea that it's a binary your community or you're out. Those boundaries have become as porous as ever the systems of deterrents of getting married really young. Having a lot of kids not learning English. You're going to college once there's the Internet access to information and you. You have a very large families where not everybody's as observant. Some people might not speak to others. But there's somebody WHO's speaking to everybody and I think after World War Two there was this fear of losing tradition in losing purity precedes purity of that kind of lifestyle and so they very very much circle the wagons and hermetically sealed those communities. But today there's a strength is a sense. I think of strength. We have more people studying in seminaries stories than ever before and for the most part of Erica has been really an amazing place for Jews. Although there is a huge rise rise in anti-semitism the new statistics for two thousand eighteen just came out the federal statistics on hate crimes. The most increased it segment was around Trans Folks And then you know. Within religious hate crimes Orthodox Jews Antisemitism is the greatest increase Greece. So those are very real when you have intersections of Trans folks who happens to be Jewish. It's particularly difficult as an existence but even there think God it's it's getting better so I know that a lot of the work that you do it sounds sounds like With folks who are coming through your doors who identify as orthodox who are not says gendered and with their friends and families is theological work taking the back the texts and helping them understand how they can be both queer and Orthodox at the same time and it sounds like there are certain texts which you Which you get to refer to frequently or certain theological ideas? I wonder if you could you. Could you could run down for us. briefly we're the we're the primary texts are ideas that you point people to as they're trying to theologically interpret what's happening to them or what's happening To their loved ones. It's a great question and Most of the time people actually coming to me with rabbi. What do you do with this verse? right so I don't have to generate them as often and although the one. I guess that speaks to me the most about very broadly. This work is. There's a rabbi. who was asked in the time to the Talmud Loyd After the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed that now that God's house is no longer standing that doesn't have an address that we got used to of. Where do we find God? And the response given was in the four cubits which is like a measurement like in the six feet of Jewish law and the Hebrew word for Jewish Luther's Camila which is the same word as he looked which means to walk were the progress. It's about moving forward breath and literally what that means. Is You know you want to connect to God. You should Be Able to apply Jewish law to the way in which you walk in this world and then you'll being able to meet God through the day to day of making blessings and rituals etc so that Interpretation but what it says to me is you WanNa know where God is. Got A myspace of that. Which is coming of that which hasn't been established like? How do we answer these questions? That is where we can meet God and for me. I think it's it's the holiest work to try to give God's voice amplification to allow our tradition to speak in present tense in Judaism is a gender based spiritual practice by tradition and that speaks to gender being real So practically today when people are transitioning let's say for example Conversions I think happened to be a great model assigns secular alert or atheists agnostic. Different religion. Different faith tradition and says No. Actually I think play I feel Jewish. I WANT TO BE Jewish. I feel like I am part of the Jewish people. What what does it take for me to actualize that? So we have even our tradition the ability to comment in and to convert and within rabbinic literature. There's an awareness that the prisoner converted was on some level always conduct That at the giving of the Hebrew Bible up Mount Mount Sinai the source of their soul acknowledged the commitment to be part of that. And so it's really a function of getting back to that source of one's own kind of natural community. Same thing is true for somebody who was born Jewish but not observant when they start becoming more observant A voucher vote. which is the master of the return earned the ones come back and it speaks to awareness that really their natural habitat was already one of spirituality this identity and even do perhaps for generations? Nobody was part of it if now come back to that place of really authenticity so I think that we have really wonderful models within our tradition. Ah Jacob for example right is not born. I physically right. He loses the struggle with his brother. but then he is able to get the birth rate and I think he always identified as you know the first born in fact even dresses up right on his father's death bed to be able will to bed or that his father should be able to acknowledge see him for who he really is. I think like we have these models that you know. In the winter months the sabbath comes in very early but in the summer comes in very late and so it's difficult to prison has young kids in particular to wait until Jewish tradition allows I prison to accept the Sabbath a little bit early so the Sun can be out Friday afternoon and we can sanctify the day as it is now actually the sabbath. Nobody's bothered by that contradiction between the perceived physical and the acknowledged alleged spiritual. And so. I think those are actually really helpful in terms of a person. Not being stock on those types of conflicts. Also acknowledging that Homophobia and Transphobia are very real within many Orthodox spaces the way in which the the real in many different faiths and even people of good conscious trying to figure out how. I'm going to hold all of those worldviews together so versus that are Komo difficult That are often brought up especially around the Trans experiences. The Biblical prohibition of wearing MIS gendered clothing so oh one simple interpretation is well someone who's experienced bring gender affirming clothing not gender Gender putting but even more exactly within in the verse the Word Wave which is I think mistranslated as an abomination is used and the commentators even from the Middle Ages seed seed as a condition that when is wearing underclothing prohibited when a person is doing it for licentious or the various intention engine for example. A person today who dresses doctor to gain access. The patient's right. That is something that is icky we all understand why that is Is inappropriate writing criminal but person on Halloween dresses up as a doctor right to were accustomed party rights. It's clear that there's nothing wrong with that because the intention is benign so to for wearing you know even a person would want to argue that. It's Miss Gender clothing intention. There is not nefarious. Biblically prohibited and the rabbis very sensitive to the need of a person's dignity. So that way I think by looking at the context of the tax acts and the way in which it's structured in Rabbinic Judaism. It's actually very supportive of of trends experience. One of the things. I really appreciate About the story that your share is how you're able to reach out for inclusion in a way that perhaps has not not traditionally been part of your religious tradition while also keeping in touch with your tradition keeping in touch with the text. I'm saying well if you well if if if if Trans people are made in the image of God then that gives us something That we can go back and use to interpret the text and find what God has to say about it in the text. That's a different move that I've often heard from progressive folks at least in Christian spaces who are advocating inclusion who are often quite willing to to Excise large parts of their their religious texts. To you know look at on a lot of the the words about Paul about about exclusion or Some of the stuff that they'll they'll read in little kiss and they'll say well we just we just don't do that quite clearly. That was just wrong. We're GONNA take that we're going to check that to the side and And this this is going to last you make this move to include people and I'm curious. I'm curious if you've ever had conversations with folks about About why you've chosen and to remain in contact with your text in your traditions with one hand while also reaching out to bring this other group of people into the community with your other versus letting go of of some of those some of those some of those texts. It's a great question for me. It's my essential identity rarely. It's like like the way in which I straight person is not a choice to like somebody of the other gender from me like it's not a choice to let go of my Jewish religious identity. I I think that there was an absolute truth. I think there's actually like an objective reality and we each need to like answer the exact same questions which is like what do oh I think God wants from me in my understanding of that reality so we can embrace a commonality of individuality. But I think that there's there's no space for me to walk away for me like what God wants for me as anyone could ever know what God wants but we have to answer the question so for me. I think that that this is what God wants for me like. I think that everything that has happened to me. In my life has brought me to this place to be able to relate to provide language Ford's rating in an offer perspectives. That can support you. Know God's ultimate desire which is for each person to be in relationship with with God recognizing who got is what God wants from us and who we are. That's the other half of that relationship raid if God wanted us all to the same we would be we have free will. We're not angelic. We're not on the other end of the spectrum. Were animalistic were in the place of being able to make choices and I think for me. After spending. So many years you know in studying and getting three Orthodox ordinations in the voting my life to the word you know. You can't annot something anything and I just I feel like God loves us and I feel like God loves us more than we love ourselves and God is good and their things in the Hebrew Bible which are Harvard and their parts of our tradition which are difficult understand much leslie the course of human history right like there's a horrific things that are happening everywhere all the time in Rwanda on on the streets of New York City in people's lives right people are sick or dying their hungry the poor we live in a really broken worlds. But that's not the world that God not created the world. The guy did was perfect. It was literally the Garden of Eden and God said no we could listen. We weren't respectful. Wasn't consensual and God said Look I actually. I can't be in relationship with you like this anymore. Like I let you into this intimate space. It was an invitation. And you weren't respectful and like we still. Oh haven't learned the lesson and so we're still in this broken world trying to fix right those issues of greed and loss and desire unfortunately unfortunately religion is also often a system of oppression that privileges those with access and entitlement. Oh man and that's not a god piece right. That's a people pizza power place and so for me being in this world's worlds. I feel tethered to it because of my understanding of that reality and I feel motivated by it because of my understanding of this reality and so I feel if something's the will of God then nothing is difficult because God has resources and without God's has helped nothing is possible so surrendered to the universe. This is not what ordered as a life. This is not on the menu. Like I didn't even know that I was in that type type of restaurant but like this is what served and so either I like. It's all random it's chaotic. Nothing makes a difference and so like what difference does it make which. But that's not my world view. I deeply believe that God runs the world God runs the universe got his intimately involved in all aspects of all of the people who are alive and I think it's really difficult to God because that's a lot of pain to observe and to be hidden but for me I find it both comforting and empowering that a faith cult action that because we believe right there were willing to take on these things. In fact in the Hebrew Bible God blesses Abraham with the blessing of being a shield only after the physical were with the kings and the country's points out that God wants wants to let Abraham know that God has his back before the war would have been helpful..
"rabbi mike" Discussed on Reports from the Spiritual Frontier
"Religion is about a relationship with the Internet source of the universe. Judaism maintains that the to- wrong contains the details of the a relationship that got intends to have with the Jewish people. But if we're not willing to acknowledge the reality of people rights event instead of being a container that I provide scaffolding and support it just excludes people and so we're all suffering from the trauma of religion and we're overdue for restorative religion. But at the core it comes to recognize the reality the work now at its core is to recognize the reality that there are trans and queer people and what does it look like to create a little sanctuary. A safe space for people to be who. They are the best versions of themselves in relationship to guiding community. It occurs to me as I hear you talk that one thing that you share in common with so many of the folks you work out as this experience of spiritual homelessness that I'm sure has been a part of your journey over the last three three years. I wondered if he'd be willing to talk about that a little more. I was thinking about As you were talking that the the break that that That ended up being made between the community where you were rabbi. And I'm sure many of your colleagues and friends had. I'm sure not just a professional consequences but relational consequences consequences a relational cost as well as could share with us. A little bit about what that experience was like what it was like kind of wandering out into the wilderness of a a little bit and where you found sources of strengthen hope. It was a really difficult time in addition to losing community in the titles And the paychecks tracks it's I lost a lot of friends. I lost a lot of rabbis. Mentors people who were in positions to be like parental figures and it was lonely and I had a little bit of hopelessness like I had faith. It was going to be okay but after like the Months went by felt like I had lost the ability to actually do something productive and constructive. I think that was like the most difficult parts. Partly the world was broken. I wanted to fix it and I couldn't. I couldn't finds places to do the work king. David Rights Said said even in the Valley of the shadow of death Fear No evil in the Hebrew. It says Chianti Monday because you are with me and I think what a person is journeying and they can feel feeling the presence of the divine it might be alone. But they're very good company and I think for me feeling like the partnership with God over this that I felt like I I was in the Wilderness. I was in a desert in a lot of ways but I wasn't alone I wasn't really alone. It's tremendously comforting to think about God as the omnipresent that got his everywhere all the time. And it's I had faith that like wasn't the right time. It wasn't the right space but the nets festival in the calendar year that year was The birthday of the trees and it's that year was very early. Ed and I wrote an article about it that even though the springtime time where we celebrate in kind of the the renewal that happens in in that season there was snow on the ground that year. And so I wrote about how it feels like. We're supposed to come in celebrate. We're really like those eulogizing right. Like he's the dead bodies and we're talking about the idea of rebirth renewal and it felt very dramatic where it was and I wrote how I felt that was being stored in surge for the next season of creative production. But it just wasn't the time yet at a lake. That's really what got me through like okay. So this winter's lot lasting forever right. This night is dark time like the Sun will come up like there will be a dawn. Aw and then. Retroactively will appreciate the kindness and generosity of Travis. I think it's really interesting. How you talk about this this this? It sounds like this deep sense of God's presence that was within you in the Wilderness. I was reminded actually of a of a teaching from my tradition. It's now we we don't talk about these particular words of Jesus very often but Jesus who talks about If you don't hate brother sister father or mother uh-huh even life itself. You can't follow me. And how oftentimes I mean. That's that's A. That's that's an uncomfortable comfortable saying it doesn't. It doesn't come up very often often on on on Sunday morning during people sermons but one of the things that talks about. Is this this sense that sometimes in order to follow. God you're going to experience deep rupture in in your own In your in your own life among friends among family For the sake of a of a higher colleen in a higher calling to faithfulness us and that sounds a lot like what you experienced as well now in those in those moments who were the who were the people who kind of rear travelling companions opinions I so appreciate the universalism of what you said League. It's not particularly. I think to any movement or denomination or religion I think I think when people disrupt systems and norms and stereotypes. It rocks the boat in that everybody was interested in being in nets base for mean particularly was really blessed that I had friends That were sympathetic to the position that I took In the world of ideas and very much wanted to find help me find a position of work. I lost more friends when I took this actual job position addition because I think in their minds I was now aligning with A Non Orthodox institution the city guide. CBS Today is not affiliated needed any of the movements and has clergy from all the different denominations people like David David and Rachel. Evan were good friends And they were supportive and they actually created like a weekly study session where they hired me to teach once a week week And we became good friends and it was six it was a significant symbol of like. You're still in our is great but you still have what to teach relate to learn with you This is something that we can do and it was actually more than and you know whatever it brought in it made me feel alive again and maybe feel like the skill set is still being hardest than us and took away a lot of the luminous. Say I very much remember looking forward to it and just to see people part. The loneliness was that you know people who have jobs but over and people who have families you know spend time with them at people who are in community In community and I felt isolated from basically all of the different parts. And I'm not from New York. I grew up in Richmond Virginia deeply as being southerner in many ways Richmond Virginia is of. It's my community. It's my home. Tom Grew Up. It's where my friends are rabbis. When I was a kid still are for the most part and I was in New York? It was like a strange place. I fell with the stranger in a strange lands and also like with really nowhere to go right I. I didn't wear lived near the synagogue where I was home over the rabbi Welcome right and so I just was right in the city of like millions of people and feeling very alone and it was hard. It was really hard. I had a couple of really good friends who would check in. You know sometimes even every day like how are you doing. But it wasn't simple it wasn't simple. It sounds to me like you're starting to find a home place a center again and you're getting into offer that for other people who have been alienated in in their own way because of their gender identity and I'm curious if you could share with us because I think this is an experience experience that is is that is quite common for nonsense gendered people when they are attempting to connect with spiritual community. What have you found? have been the a particular pains and questions that people bring to you. And what sort of practices have you engaged personally and has It has your community engaged in to help create create a place of welcoming home for those who are walking through your doors. I think the most important thing I recognize is that that like the need to be seen and understood for who we are isn't just like a human characteristic or knee but really it emanates from the divine the emptiness in void in the genesis narrative within my tradition speaks to God's loneliness It's not good for us to be alone. Because repeatedly image of God is not good for God's alone God is giver. You can't give if you're by yourself. There's also I think an interesting space in thinking about when a person needs to tell you something about themselves rate some sort of coming out narrative in that space of you you thought I was one thing but really something else so within a religious context God spoke this world into being and the Jewish tradition speaks to God's desire hiring expectations for us to be curious like we're in this beautiful world who made it. Why are we here right? And what does it mean. What's the purpose of it? All until they are individuals vigils Abraham and others like thought like Oh it must be like some thing created this and you know what does that mean. But as a rule the rule didn't really get the memo Komo and we were humanized. We were oppressed. Were enslaved in Egypt. There was this very destructive and deadly breath divine expression through the ten plagues which correspond to like Ten Commandments The harshness of the divine revelation. which I think of as gods coming out speech right and the first thing that God wants us to know about God is God is Infinite Eternal University no other Gotz and it was just forty days leader that the sooner the golden calf I feel God was like I don't understand I told you have like why can't you see an interface with with me as what I told you how bowing down to false gods? There's no such thing and that route reflects on our relationship like why am is the one God and now now you're creating side Gods and that means that you don't actually understand in semi Roy up and as a result of all the things that actually forced God back into the closet right guide. It is very much hidden today. We don't have prophets Certainly not in the literal way Although the rabbinic voice I think has always been historically Khalid right the more successful prophetic voice. But so- I acknowledging that this need or the desire to be understood for who we are if we understood each other than they wouldn't come out to us and if we could understand who got is right we're limited right. One of the great philosophers and Eleventh Century said to know God would be to be God right because if we can understand the infinite eternal source of the universe than we would be that infinite eternal source terrific can only be one so even with our own limitations since we can recognize that our needs actually are very much similar to the divine so at its poor. We WanNa want to create a safe space for people to be seen as the most wholesome version of themselves. This end that there's a win for actually were complicated complicated than God Got Everything all the time all the spaces so one thing that we know about God he got his one other denominations right when you have even another related religions when you have three different manifestations of God right it's guide being manifest different right to there's one on God the source of it and so we as physical beings occupy space. It's vista the exclusion of that eight. Were wearing a pair of socks all others or no socks right but if we think about holding all of our identities internally there's often tension in the way in which we in provide some sort of dominant expression to that so particularly within religious spaces in not just a climate of homophobia or transphobia phobia off but rather in species that are actually the sources of those phobias for person to want to be either in conversation with God the one that need need them where they are with their feeling that sense of guilt and shame. A guy called me recently. He's been married for a couple of decades to a woman in faithful probably half of of it any coals for the email that he said you know. I think that God hates me because God made me gay and now I've kind kind of given up on being responsible was my expectations. I have sought after relationships are meaningful outside.
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"Welcome to reports in the spiritual frontier to you. Today by path won the church planting agency of discipleship ministries of the United Methodist Church in by. Eat House your Jewish home. Who are collaborators liberators with us for our upcoming conversation with Mike Moskowitz but before we get to our conversation with Rabbi Mike? I just wanted to make a few quick notes. First of all. We are on for season and five thanks to your support on Patriots and also to to sponsor who are coming on the new faith communities of the North Carolina annual conference inference. Who you probably all most frequently? No as Greg Moore. who was a guest on this show earlier this season in the bts center in Portland Maine who you probably know through another one of our former guests in a good friend of mine? Ellen Ewing Merrill more about them and what we're going to be doing a little later but I also wanted to let you know there are some changes afoot. We're going to be doing a significant format change in season. Five as I talk about my final episode. which you'll hear it a couple of weeks? I really feel like I've done a most of the work that you need to do. In sketching out the basic spiritual demographics of what it means to be a spiritual pioneer nowadays. And so we're going to begin talking about the pressing questions that I hear people asking about what it means to be faithful all in this completely new religious landscape that we're living in here a little bit more about that in my final conversation with Beth s stock which will be coming up right after Christmas. I also also wanted to let you know that my conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz who's a self-described religious fundamentalist advocating for Trans Rights and the Ultra Orthodox community. We also brought in another bite. Friend Steve Silbert artist. Who Does what are called sketch notes? These beautiful artistic representations of works of writing or art or podcast so if you WANNA see a visual representation of this conversation make sure to check out the link in our show notes. We'll posted as well on our facebook page and now now our conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz welcome to reports arts in the spiritual frontier. My name is Ben. Yeshua Davis bringing you stories from the people who live and work on the spiritual margins of our country. Our guest today has been on a remarkable journey as an Orthodox. Rabbi after he came out three years ago as an advocate for Trans inclusion in the Orthodox community. He is now scholar in residence for Trans and Queer Studies. Ed Manhattan's Congregation by eight Matra. Creating safe spaces to uncover and discover the divine welcome. Rabbi Mike Moskowitz.