Jenner is an outspoken advocate for the infinite worth of the individual, a value that is at the heart of Judaism. For that, she deserves our respect.
Citing both changing social practice and Jewish values, the international association of Conservative rabbis last week passed a resolution calling on Jewish institutions and government agencies to embrace the full equality of transgender people. Some see this as a departure from tradition. But, as the resolution claims, a stronger case can be made that full equality has much deeper within the Jewish ethical tradition.
Journalist Zoey Tur, a transgender woman, has threatened Ben Shapiro, a right-wing political commentator who is an Orthodox Jew, with violence for publicly opposing social acceptance of transgender people.
Jews have centuries of experience reinventing themselves in different societies. Jane Eisner explains how that history may give us surprising insights into two very different stories of personal transformation.
Caitlyn Jenner’s public coming-out party is another sign that the American dream is fundamentally a celebration of humanism. Jay Michaelson warns observant Jews who reject this euphoric narrative that they do so at their peril.
You might not expect a 12th-century rabbinic sage to have words of wisdom about Vanity Fair’s viral Caitlyn Jenner cover. And yet, Maimonides delivers — even if some Jews don’t want to listen.
Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover has been hailed as an important milestone. But, as Jon Stewart reminds us: American media is sexist. And this is no exception.
Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman, revealed her new name as Caitlyn Jenner on Monday and posed in a white strapless leotard on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.