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Q&A with Susan Faludi

For her latest book, the ‘haunting, urgent,’ In the Darkroom, the reporter goes digging to find her father, a Holocaust survivor who became transgender—and unearths a meditation on American and American-Jewish identity in what turns out to be the Age of Trump

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Chemda

The Queens-based podcaster, singer, and author on her love of sleepovers, the importance of women speaking their minds, and the illusion of tradition

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How Jewish Camps Welcome LGBTQ Kids—and How They Don’t

Times are changing. Are our sleepaway camps changing with them?

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Cutting Against the Bias

Yeshiva boy Daniel Friedman once built buildings. Now he builds suits to fit the changing bodies of transgender New Yorkers.

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An Incredible Journey to Fatherhood

A recent profile of Rafi Daugherty, a transgender man who recently gave birth to a daughter, is a must-read

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Coming Out in the Classroom

A decade ago, the movie ‘Hineini’ opened a discussion about LGBT issues in Jewish schools. Now educators say the situation has improved—although challenges remain.

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How Jeff Became Yaacov Became Jessica Became Yiscah

In this episode of Israel Story, Yiscah Smith tells the story of her decades-long struggle to live authentically

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The Talmudury Tales

Women without underarm hair, transvestites seeking illicit sexual relations, lepers who can’t shave, nazirite gentiles, grape-eaters, and other Chauceresque characters, in this week’s ‘Daf Yomi’

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White House Hires First Openly Trans Staffer

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan appointed as outreach and recruitment director in the Presidential Personnel Office

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‘Same Person, Different Package’

A mother and son share their story of unconditional love

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We’re All Racists Now

The new culture of progressive right-think may be even worse for Jews—and liberalism—than Obama’s Iran deal

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Jewish Day School Embraces Transgender Teen

After Tom Sosnik came out as male, his rabbi created a new ceremony

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Rock, Paper, Scissors of PC Victimology

Muslim > gay, black > female, and everybody > the Jews

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Remembering a Pioneering Jewish Transgender Rights Activist

‘Stone Butch Blues’ author Leslie Feinberg died this week at 65

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‘Transparent’ is the Most Jewish TV Show in a While—and it’s Great

Jill Soloway’s latest offering is absorbing, sincere, and tender

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Orthodox Parents of LGBT Children Navigate Their Own Coming Out Process

A weekend retreat inspires advocacy for gay Orthodox Jews and creates a support network for families in religious communities

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For Transgender Jews, a Visit to the Western Wall Holds Unique Symbolism

Praying on the side with their chosen gender is a quiet political statement for some, and a personal milestone for others

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In the Recording Studio With Schmekel, the Transgender Jewish Punk Band

As they produce ‘The Whale That Ate Jonah,’ members dish about Chabad, circumcision, and the time they performed in an S&M dungeon

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For LGBT Orthodox Jews, Growth of Social Media Creates a Safe Space Online

Websites, blogs, Facebook groups, and online support groups offer the chance to connect without the risk of ‘going public’

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The New American Mikveh

Once a bastion for strictly observant women, Jewish ritual baths are reaching out beyond the Orthodox

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Gender Through a Jewish Lens

New memoirs by transgender authors Kate Bornstein and Joy Ladin illustrate the power of religion to shape how people construct their identities

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Sundown: Yet Another Israel Group

Plus yet another mah-jongg article, and yet more

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Her Body, Her Self

From the archives: How a poet made the transition from man to woman

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Responsive Reading

Two gay congregations publish non-traditional prayer books

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Her Body, Her Self

What it meant for one person, born male, to become a woman

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Serious Moonlight

A nighttime epiphany leads to a major change

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Mixed Metaphors

Transamerica’s heroine finds herself negotiating a number of identities

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