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On Tuesday The Rabbi Got Profiled

Rabbie Margaret Moers Wenig  (Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times)

Rabbie Margaret Moers Wenig (Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times)

Today’s New York Times profiles Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig.

The Westport native — known in her Staples days as Maggie — is best known for her 1990 sermon “God Is a Woman and She is Growing Older”; for being one of the 1st and most prominent lesbian rabbis, and as a popular instructor at Hebrew Union College.

Among her observations this morning: 

  • Becoming a rabbi:  “My grandparents wanted my father to be a doctor, so he became a lawyer.  He wanted me to be a lawyer, so I became a rabbi.”
  • Favorite part of being a rabbi:  “Delivering a good sermon.  I’m a sermon junkie.”
  • Worst sermon:  “After Bitburg, when President Reagan visited the German cemetery, my congregants assumed I would address it.  I didn’t think it needed my commentary.  That night they wiped the floor with me.  It was the times they tore me to shreds that were the best.  Those are the bst lessons a preacher can get.”

(To read the entire interview, click here.)