Balancing on the Mechitza

Balancing on the Mechitza

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***WINNER, 2011 Lambda Literary Award - Transgender Non-Fiction While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant people have emerged as a distinct Jewish population and as a new chorus of voices. Inspired and nurtured by the successes of the feminist and LGBT movements in the Jewish world, Jews who identify with the a€œTa€ now sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza offers a multifaceted portrait of this increasingly visible community. The contributorsa€”activists, theologians, scholars, and other transgender Jewsa€”share for the first time in a printed volume their theoretical contemplations as well as rite-of-passage and other transformative stories. Balancing on the Mechitza introduces readers to a secular transwoman who interviews her Israeli and Palestinian peers and provides cutting-edge theory about the construction of Jewish personhood in Israel; a transman who serves as legal witness for a man (a role not typically open to persons designated female at birth) during a conversion ritual; a man deprived of testosterone by an illness who comes to identify himself with passion and pride as a Biblical eunuch; and a gender-variant person who explores how to adapt the masculine and feminine pronouns in Hebrew to reflect a non-binary gender reality.Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics 1972-2003 (Boston: Beacon Press, 2005), 186-188 and 196-201. ... This demand is not part of the Benjamin Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders, but it has been the reality at manyanbsp;...


Title:Balancing on the Mechitza
Author: Noach Dzmura
Publisher:North Atlantic Books - 2014-08-19
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