I recommend The Sacred Encounter for readers interested in the perspectives and insights of contemporary Jewish leaders in the United States, from the Reform movement and other liberal perspectives, regarding the very important topics of sexuality and gender. Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and framed as a book addressing contemporary issues in Jewish life, this 765-page anthology includes forty-nine essays in six sections, introductory material, personal reflections, and a list of references for further learning. The authors are ordained rabbis, some with doctorates, and in this sense the book is both a primary source, giving evidence of today's liberal Jewish stances held by religious and ethical leaders, and a secondary source that provides guidance for learning earlier sources of Jewish tradition.

The six sections of The Sacred Encounter address ways to interpret and reinterpret canonical Jewish writings in light of contemporary sensibilities and concerns, Jewish theology and...

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