For transgender Jews, ritual bath is fraught with questions about inclusion

by Lauren Markoe
August 12, 2015

….While most of traditional Judaism divides the Jewish people into one of two genders, ancient Jewish texts include passages that speak of people whose physical characteristics don’t match the gender they identify with. “There was a very early recognition that there are individuals who do not fit into a simple, neat, cut and dried, binary definition of gender,” said Buck-Yael. What is new is the awareness that the world has plenty of Jewish Caitlyn Jenners, and the willingness to help them feel at home in Jewish communities.READ MORE

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