The first of this week’s double portion opens with instructions to the Israelites regarding the birth of a baby. The authors argue that in the Bible, as in mainstream thinking today, a baby is either a boy or a girl–and that this is not true. One out of every one to two thousand infants are born intersex. Today, we confront those who don’t “fit” and endeavor to change them. In Antiquity, our rabbis took people as they really were and went on from there. As Jews, our sacred tradition provides us with both the resources and the mandate to begin to transform our culture to better reflect the diversity of real bodies.