Maggid Andrew Ramer

Andrew Ramer was privately ordained a maggid in 2012 by a Reconstructionist rabbi and a Mennonite pastor, and publicly ordained by a Reform rabbi in the midst of their community. He is the author of Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories; Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Post/Poly-Denominational World; Deathless: The Complete, Uncensored, Heartbreaking, and Amazing Autobiography of Serach bat Asher, the Oldest Woman in the World; and Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud, in which a shorter version of this piece appears. Many of his blessings and prayers can be found in the inclusive, feminist siddur of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. Born in Elm/hurst, N.Y., across the street from an amusement park called Fairyland, he now lives in Oak/land, Calif., up the street from an amusement park called Fairyland.


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