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D'var Torah Noach-Perverse Presentism and Ham,Son of Noah

"And Ham,the father of Canaan,saw his father's nakedness"-Bereshit(Genesis) 9:22a

"The bible is only as good and decent as the person reading it"-Dan Savage,LGBTQAI Journalist and Author

This Fall semester I am taking Intro To LGBTQAI Studies .Through this course I have learned a lot about myself one of the things that I have found out about myself is that I have committed Perverse Presentism .Perverse Presentism is the act of applying my own modern views of being a member of the LGBTQAI person to the actions of those in the past when such modern concepts were not present during such times.One of the ways I have did this is with the story of Ham seeing his father Noah naked in this week's parshah and I am not the only one the rabbis themselves in the Gemara say this:

"And the One says that he sodomized Noah learned from a verbal analogy between the words " and he Saw" -Sanhedrin 70a,Babylonian Talmud

The Talmud itself was written many many cen…

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