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Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in…

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community

by Noach Dzmura

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Thought-provoking and generally thoughtful collection of essays regarding the transgender Jewish experience. Even though the editor modestly says this anthology is not trying to be comprehensive, there is quite a diversity of material here, ranging from personal stories about transition, to insights derived from rabbinic discussions of non-binary genders, to ideas and considerations for new or evolving rituals. I could've done without some of the essays -- one author in particular seemed to adhere to very outdated stereotypes of what it means to be well-gendered, instead of subverting or exploding the stereotypes, and a couple of other writers also see things like Jewishness or gender more rigidly than seems necessary. But overall, as long as you keep in this is a must-read for GLBT Jews and those involved with GLBT Jewish issues, especially those with specifically transgender concerns. ( )
  bostonian71 | Feb 24, 2015 |
This is a collection of essays and articles about trans* issues and experiences within Judaism. I really appreciated this collection of reflections. The first two sections of the book held the most meaning for me; I found the third section on Jewish law to be less interesting/helpful.

This is a fantastic volume, though, and I highly recommend it. My only complaint is the inclusion of some "icky" language by a couple of the cisgender contributors. Reading those were frustrating moments in an otherwise exceedingly well put together anthology. ( )
  shannonkearns | Jul 3, 2011 |
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"While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, many transgender and gender-variant people sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza gives voice to this movement in Jewish culture"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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