Rabbis Without Borders: Should the F-word Be Off Limits for Rabbis?

February 7, 2017

"I had been spending a few days with a motley group of American rabbis of all the varied denominations. Many of them I know well; I have deep affection and respect for them. We were in the midst of a talent show; it was supposed to be fun, after a long day with our noses to the grindstone.

Then I heard it. She said it, and she said it again and again. The F word. And it was not only her. Others repeated the word during their performances. Emphatically. I was shocked. Everyone laughed at the jokes. They clapped, and they hooted. I couldn’t. I felt so alone, so different, so alienated. At that moment I was certain that I did not belong...."

By Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com