The Jewish community must acknowledge the diversity in deeply-held beliefs about gender and create processes through which these differences can be negotiated.
After a transgender woman was turned away from the Western Wall, Joy Ladin insists that Orthodox Jews must respect understandings of gender that differ from theirs.
For Irving Ladin, died October 2007
You say because I’m always about to die,
I am truly alive. My shadow stretches
over fallen branches, my skin smiles
under fingers of light, grass smiles along the path
Introducing ‘Transgender and Jewish,’ a book about the lives of transgender Jews and the future of inclusion they are building.
In the beginning, there is gender. “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl,” we say. That’s our genesis, the bedrock on which we build our selves and our lives. That’s why when the gender of someone we love shifts, our selves, lives and world seem to heave and shudder.