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.
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.