by Judy Maltz for Haaretz

Twenty-one years in the making, the documentary ‘Sabbath Queen,’ that premiered last week at Tribeca Film Festival, captures the extraordinary life of Amichai Lau-Lavie, a rabbi like no other – who comes from a dynasty of rabbis dating back a thousand years

He comes from a very long line of rabbis, is the first cousin of Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, but runs a synagogue that is “God optional.”

Proudly gay, he has fathered three children while moonlighting as a drag queen.

He attended a prominent West Bank yeshiva but is a regular fixture at the weekly New York protests demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and a cease-fire in Gaza.

His reimagining of Judaism has included live theater performances at Shabbat services, Jewish-Zen Buddhist same-sex weddings officiated under a chuppah, and interfaith sing-alongs at Yom Kippur services.

Is it any surprise that the phrase “pushing boundaries” keeps popping up in the brand-new documentary tribute to Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie?

It is perhaps the understatement of the year, but this is how Lau-Lavie sums up on screen his iconoclastic approach to Judaism: “Not everything we’ve inherited is worthy of passing down.”

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הדוקו הזה מציע חוזה חדש ליהדות. הקהל בניו יורק השתגע עליו
Do the Deities Drink??