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Transgendered Torah

Way back in Jewcy pre-history I shvitzed about the unreasonably excellent site of Jewish Mosaic. Mosaic is a Jewish LGBT org, but they go heavy on the T. Lots of attention to the mindboggling dilemmas faced by transgendered Jews. New … Read More

By / November 29, 2006

Way back in Jewcy pre-history I shvitzed about the unreasonably excellent site of Jewish Mosaic. Mosaic is a Jewish LGBT org, but they go heavy on the T. Lots of attention to the mindboggling dilemmas faced by transgendered Jews. New Jew superhero David Shneer, whose “Is Zionism Still Relevant?” debate with Stefan Kanfer is our featured article today, was one of Mosaic's co-founders.

If you don’t read Mosaic’s “Torah Queeries” column, you’ve got to start. Torah Queeries is a weekly parasha commentary from an LGBT (again, frequently T) perspective–which, if handled unimaginatively, could get stale fast. Instead, it’s consistently thought-provoking, often fascinating, and my money says you’ll think so no matter where you float in the gender diversity alphabet soup.

The column up now, on parasha Toledot, weaves the story of Jacob and Esau into a discussion of identical twin studies, “gay genes”, and nature vs. nurture, and does so without degenerating into the “idle cocktail chatter” the author derides. Check in later this week to see what they do parasha Vayetzei. This column is worth a weekly visit.

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