Exploring Gender in Jewish Sacred Texts
Created by Rabbis Reuben Zellman and Elliot Kukla, TransTexts explores what traditional Jewish texts have to say about transgender and gender nonconforming experiences and gender in general.
Over several years, we have heard the stories of hundreds of people—people from many different backgrounds, Jews and non-Jews, across the sex and gender spectrum. Many of us are in search of answers to some critical questions:
- How can Jewish texts continue to shed light on contemporary lives and spiritual struggles?
- As our understandings about sex and gender continue to develop and change in today’s world, how might ancient teachings guide us in our response?
- If I want to explore Jewish understandings of gender and sexual identity where do I begin?
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God created the adam in God’s image;
in the image of God [God] created him—
male and female [God] created them.
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Cross-Dressing and Drag
A woman should not put on the apparel of a man; nor should a man wear the clothing of a woman—for whoever does these things—it is a to’evah
[completely off-limits behavior] to the Eternal your God.
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