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Monday, 27 October 2014 16:26

On Famous Jews And Packing

Written by  Rebecca Levin

Rebecca Levin

Harvey Milk. Judith Butler. Leonard Bernstein. Hell, even Peaches. There are, literally, scores of Jewish LGBT people across the globe. Famous or no, these LGBT Jews represent a significant portion of both the Jewish and LGBT populations. But our numbers aren't the only thing that make us amazing. Many, like the few listed above, are singers, conductors, politicians, philosophers, and actors. It always amazes me when I see just how many LGBT Jews there are, and what we can do.

And me? Well... I've been running around for the past hour and a half attempting to pack for the next two weeks.

In case you didn't read my first article, I'm going on A Wider Bridge's 2014 Israel Trip. Before that, I’m spending a few days in Boston with my brother. These next two weeks should be a time of celebration and of discovery. I am really excited for it all.

Unfortunately, first, I have to get there.

Starting a journey is much easier said than done. Sure, once you get going, you can enjoy the ride. But the packing for said journey is a pain in my tuchus. There's loads to plan for - the weather, misplacing important items, how much money you'll spend - but not a whole lot you can do about any of it. Maybe that's why I hate packing so much... and why I am, consequently, sitting on the couch doing nothing while I should be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not looking a gift horse in the mouth. I am very much looking forward to rediscovering my Jewish and LGBT identities. I guess I just don't like the feeling of not knowing what to expect. Sure, we have an itinerary, but we can't plan the weather. I can't plan my interactions with people in Israel. And I certainly can';t plan my way into marrying an Israeli woman (or can I? Hmmm...). That's what I don't like about packing, I think. The uncertainty. And the laundry.

Even so, as I sift through mounds of newly washes shirts, pants, and even dresses in an attempt to find every queer item of clothing that I own, I can't help but feel excited for the journey that lies ahead. No matter how I look at it, this is sure to be one hell of a ride.


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