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By Noach Dzmura

***WINNER, 2011 Lambda Literary Award - Transgender Non-Fiction

While the Jewish mainstream nonetheless argues approximately homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant humans have emerged as a special Jewish inhabitants and as a brand new refrain of voices. encouraged and nurtured by means of the successes of the feminist and LGBT routine within the Jewish international, Jews who determine with the “T” now take a seat within the congregation, marry below the chuppah, and create Jewish households. Balancing at the Mechitza bargains a multifaceted portrait of this more and more noticeable community.

The contributors—activists, theologians, students, and different transgender Jews—share for the 1st time in a broadcast quantity their theoretical contemplations in addition to rite-of-passage and different transformative tales. Balancing at the Mechitza introduces readers to an earthly transwoman who interviews her Israeli and Palestinian friends and offers state of the art conception in regards to the development of Jewish personhood in Israel; a transman who serves as felony witness for a guy (a function now not in general open to people exact woman at delivery) in the course of a conversion ritual; a guy disadvantaged of testosterone by means of an ailment who involves determine himself with ardour and satisfaction as a Biblical eunuch; and a gender-variant one that explores the way to adapt the masculine and female pronouns in Hebrew to mirror a non-binary gender reality.

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