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Happiness, Happiness You Shall Pursue

A recent ‘New York Times’ essay delivers a crucial reminder from the Founding Fathers about identity politics

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Torah, From a Transgender Perspective

Joy Ladin’s new book, ‘Soul of the Stranger,’ explores her intimate connection with God

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Tel Aviv to Start New Office to Assist Transgender People in Finding Employment

A much-needed move for a group that suffers exceptional levels of discrimination

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What the Torah and Talmud Teach Us About Calling Transgender People by Their Names

Renaming ourselves in order to live our lives is a part of our own holy re-creation

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Divorcing the Transgender Community

I thought I’d found a warm and supportive home, but being Jewish made that difficult

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Transgender Jews Find a Place in the Mikveh

Traditional rituals have become more inclusive and embracing

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Trump Just Banned Transgender Soldiers, Claiming They Make Us Less Safe. Israel Begs to Differ.

Transgender people have served in the IDF since 2013, and the army covers the costs of reassignment surgery

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Come to the Bimah and Read From the Torah! But First, What’s Your Preferred Gender Pronoun?

The rise in Americans identifying as nonbinary poses a question for synagogues: How to invite some congregants for an aliyah.

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Love—and Learn About—Your Jewish LGBT Neighbor

A Tablet reading list for Pride

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Transgender and Jewish

When I decided to physically transition from female to male, I didn’t consciously consider how my relationship to Judaism might change as a result

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Sorry, Kids: Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ Is Not Transphobic

Citing the track’s ‘dangerous rhetoric,’ a group of Canadian college students—who believe the song ‘minimizes the experiences of oppression’—have it all wrong: Lou Reed was a vanguard for gender identity.

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Reconstructionist Rabbis Pass Resolution Inclusive of ‘All Gender Identities in Jewish Life’

‘It was about making sure our congregations didn’t discriminate’

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Obama Appoints First Transgender Jewish Woman to Holocaust Memorial Council

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan previously served as the White House’s LGBT liason, its first transgender staffer in history

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Debunking Ben Shapiro’s Delusional Interpretations of ‘Torah Judaism’

The right-wing pundit spoke at Yeshiva University this week and said, ‘Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness’

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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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