Jewish texts do not always communicate that. For our Israelite ancestors, the most important festival of the year was Sukkot, and the most widely practiced ritual was the bringing of the first fruits to the Temple in Jerusalem. Just as we strive to achieve equality between men and women, we should aspire to provide full equality to people of nonconforming gender without demanding that they identify as either male or female. But in fact, mainstream medical and psychiatric authorities agree that being transgender is not a concocted fantasy or mental illness. While Jews gradually absorbed that perspective, classical rabbinic Judaism had a much more sophisticated understanding.
Supporting transgender people in who they are is part of that mitzvah.
Main menu Toggle navigation. I think the guidance Judaism offers all people—including those who are transgender and gender-noncomforming—is to embrace the person we know ourselves truly to be, in all our differences and similarities. Cretella describes being transgender as a mental illness and views any medical intervention to support transgender kids as child abuse.
Rabbi Michael J.