Pinchas

Sacred Solidarity, Radical Hospitality: Women Priests & a Woman Rabbi

 Standing with the Sisters

[ By Rabbi SUSAN TALVE, founding Rabbi of Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis. ]

Two women asked us to house their ordination in our sanctuary. Their request  offered us another way of fulfilling our promise of radical hospitality.

But this act of “radical hospitality” was radical indeed. For the women were Roman Catholics, and they planned to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests.

The risk involved in ordaining these two women was that they – and therefore we – were challenging the Roman Catholic hierarchy in St Louis.

Plagues, Peace, and Pinchas The Priest: When meeting brings disaster -- and a cure

By Rabbi Arthur Waskow In the regular Jewish Torah reading for this week, we read the story of a Priest who becomes a murderer and calls a murderous God into reflective peacemaking. In our own gwneration, the passage has been cited as justification for zealous murders -- justification for blood shed today. In response, many peaceniks of today shrug off the story as just another bloody streak in the Biblical fabric. But I see the story in a different light - one that celebrates turning from zealous murder to self-reflective peace.

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