Changing Sex, Changing Gender

By Noach Dzmura

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2007

Dzmura argues that the transgender challenges Judaism more profoundly than feminism or homosexuality, since the transgender defies the one-to-one relationship between sex and gender. Citing Talmudic texts that address the exceptional case of a hermaphrodite human, Dzmura poses the question: since gender is not fixed but negotiated, why not negotiate obligations between members as well, "fixing" an obligation only when it fits a specific community's need.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Homosexuality, LGBT Issues, Jewish Text, GLBT Issues, Sexuality

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 38/646

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Dzmura, Noach. Changing Sex, Changing Gender. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2007: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6153


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