Although this question would understandably require CYLOR in each situation, if a man who had a procedure done to appear similar to a woman, where should such an individual sit in shul? Also, would the halacha be different if a woman had the procedure performed to appear like a man?

  • Tricky question. We must first figure out whether or not a transgender person assumes the gender change in halocha. It is very likely that a man who became a transgender woman would remain a man halochically. – ezra May 1 '17 at 1:45
  • @ezra, in modern understanding, gender is not tied to biological sex, rather, it's tied to the identity of the individual (their neshama if you will). Their are a few aggadetahs and midrashim on the subject IIRC – Noach MiFrankfurt May 1 '17 at 2:25
  • @NoachMiFrankfurt - Are you defending the idea of transgender people? (Not address hostilely.) – ezra May 1 '17 at 2:26
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    @ezra there's nothing to defend. The people exist whether you agree with them or not. No point in arguing with the Metziut. – Double AA May 1 '17 at 2:44
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    R. J.D. Bleich on the subject podcast.headlinesbook.com/e/… – wfb May 1 '17 at 11:35

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