Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community by Noach Dzmura PDF

By Noach Dzmura

ISBN-10: 1556438133

ISBN-13: 9781556438134

***WINNER, 2011 Lambda Literary Award - Transgender Non-Fiction

While the Jewish mainstream nonetheless argues approximately homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant humans have emerged as a special Jewish inhabitants and as a brand new refrain of voices. encouraged and nurtured via the successes of the feminist and LGBT activities within the Jewish global, Jews who determine with the “T” now sit down within the congregation, marry less than the chuppah, and create Jewish households. Balancing at the Mechitza bargains a multifaceted portrait of this more and more obvious community.

The contributors—activists, theologians, students, and different transgender Jews—share for the 1st time in a broadcast quantity their theoretical contemplations in addition to rite-of-passage and different transformative tales. Balancing at the Mechitza introduces readers to an earthly transwoman who interviews her Israeli and Palestinian friends and offers state of the art concept concerning the building of Jewish personhood in Israel; a transman who serves as felony witness for a guy (a position now not usually open to folks unique girl at beginning) in the course of a conversion ritual; a guy disadvantaged of testosterone by means of an ailment who involves determine himself with ardour and delight as a Biblical eunuch; and a gender-variant one that explores tips to adapt the masculine and female pronouns in Hebrew to mirror a non-binary gender reality.

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