by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Blessings for Gender Transitions

“Ha’Ma’avir” — sharing the root of the word Ivrim (Hebrews). Jews are Ivrim — the “crossing over” people — because we “crossed over” the Jordan River into Canaan to escape our oppression in Egypt, and we spiritually “transformed” ourselves. (In Modern Hebrew, this verb root is used to form the word “ma’avar,” which means among other things to “transition genders.”)

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Navigating Sexuality

The articles in this special section:

The Rehearsal Man

by Jill Dearman

How does she turn gay women straight?

What’s Next, After Gay Rabbis?

by Melanie Weiss with Rabbi Susan Schnur

Time to think about sex and sexual identity along a spectrum the seminaries haven’t even considered yet.

Forbidden and Permitted Relations

by Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon

Blessings for Gender Transitions

by Rabbi Elliot Kukla